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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!

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
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"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.
But both expressions are typically used idiomatically to mean "a very large number".
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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!

Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

Regards,
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
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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.
good estimate...good guess...
'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

http://www.englishdailyuse.com/06-using-numbers-in-conversation.htm
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