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Meaning of “so-and-so” in the English Dictionary

"so-and-so" in British English

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so-and-sonoun

uk   /ˈsəʊ.ənd.səʊ/  us   /ˈsoʊ.ənd.soʊ/ informal
  • so-and-so noun (PERSON NOT NAMED)

[U] used ​instead of a ​particularname to refer to someone or something, ​especially when the ​realname is not ​important or you have ​forgotten it: She always ​keeps me up to ​date with the ​latestgossip - you ​know, so-and-so from down the ​road is having a ​baby and so-and-so's just ​bought a ​car.
(Definition of so-and-so from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"so-and-so" in American English

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so-and-sonoun [C]

 us   /ˈsoʊ·ənˌsoʊ/ (plural so-and-sos) infml
(used ​instead of an ​actualname) a ​particularperson or thing: He ​asked if I ​knew where so-and-so ​lives. If you say that someone is a so-and-so, you do not have a good ​opinion of that ​person: You can't ​trust that so-and-so.
(Definition of so-and-so from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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