Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

the likes of (sb/sth)

the likes of somebodythe likes of something
Meaning(s)
1) somebody or something of a particular type
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    • I have never seen the likes of it
  • Analysis
    This is a typically hiberno-English phrase. If you say you have never seen 'the likes of something', it means you haven't seen anything like it before.  Used as a comparative it means something equal or as important as something or someone else. This phrase is often used in order to emphasise a negative connotation of behaviour.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The weather has been horrendous today. I've never seen the likes of it!
    2. How dare you speak to me that way! I'm not going to take abuse from the likes of you!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Competing with the likes of them is not easy. Those companies have a lot of financial muscle and have been around for decades.
    2. I have never seen the likes of disrespect for the environment that your company has demonstrated. 
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