many a peer

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Español - Costa Rica

Please help me with the expression "many a peer" in the following context:

"the old aristocracy had not disappeared, although the domestic servant class was now virtually extinct and although many a peer was now making ends meet by charging tourists a fee to tramp through his ancestral halls"

Thank you!
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    Hello, rojogozu.

    If you look up many a in the WR dictionary, you will see that it is defined as "an indefinite number of". I would add that it is "a large, but indefinite number of...." It is different from many by itself in that it makes you think of them one by one, as individuals.

    Beneath the definition is many a thread on the phrase. ;)

    If, after reading the definition, and a few threads, you still have difficulty, please explain what is confusing to you, and we will try to help.
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