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I'm looking for a casual way to say approximately in this dialog. Would there around be idiomatic?

How many close friends do you have?

I don't know... Seven.

Seven?

Yeah. There around.

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    How about 'thereabouts' or 'more or less'?
    – JMB
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 14:58
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    There's also "give or take".... or my personal favourite: "ish" - As in "I'll be there at 7ish" Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 15:07
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    It sounds about right. Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 15:14
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    I'd also use "roughly"..."I don't know, roughly seven" or "Yeah, roughly" (a bit more colloquial in UK English and short for "roughly speaking"). macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/roughly-speaking
    – Fiona
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 16:54
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    "There around" is correct, but is only natural in certain varieties of English. The other answers above are natural in any standard variety of English.
    – gotube
    Commented Jan 18, 2022 at 22:18

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I suggest:

Yeah, about that.

perhaps spoken as 'bout tha'

Other suggestions from comments:

'thereabouts' or 'more or less' "give or take". "It sounds about right" or "roughly" as in "roughly seven"

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