# "hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands"?

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Dear friends,

I searched the forum but couldn't find the clear meaning of "hundreds of thousands" or "tens of thousands". I am looking for the exact definition of these two phrases. Please help!

Regards,
New Member47
"hundreds of thousands" - anywhere from 200,000 to 999,999. Maybe even 125,000 up to 999,999. (Although once you get to 900,000 you probably say "close to a million.")

"tens of thousands" - 20,000 to 99,999.
Veteran Member27,441
Anonymous:
But both expressions are typically used idiomatically to mean "a very large number".
Summer3Dear friends,

I searched the forum but couldn't find the clear meaning of "hundreds of thousands" or "tens of thousands". I am looking for the exact definition of these two phrases. Please help!

Regards,
Tens of thousands: 10,000; 20,000; 30,000 etc.

Hundreds of thousands: 100,000; 200,000; 300,000 etc.
Veteran Member17,677
Dear all,

Thank you very much! Now I can understand these terms.

Regards,
Anonymous:
I too am looking for the meaning! Please let me know if you find out. I feel like a dog chasing it's tail! The words are used recklessly. I seriously doubt the people using the term know the number. Thanks, Lisa
Lisa, you don't think the answers that have already been given in this thread are sufficient? Yes, they are often used in exaggeration, but I do think people know what these terms mean.
Anonymous:
good estimate...good guess...
Anonymous:
'Hundreds of thousands' means Hundreds Multiply By Thousands (100x*1000x=100000x) i.e. Lacs or millions
'Tens of hundreds' means Tens Multiply By Hundreds (10x*100x=1000x) i.e. Thousands

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