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What does and the like actually mean and how do I use that in a sentence properly?

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Did you try looking it up? What is confusing you about it? dictionary.reference.com/browse/and+the+like –  nxx Apr 11 at 9:42
    
@nxx John just loves hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and the like. For someone who doesn't understand and the like, that example doesn't help much I think. –  thefourtheye Apr 11 at 9:47
    
@ thefourtheye It was the definition I was pointing you to: "and more of the same". Other dictionaries might put it in slightly different ways and give different usage examples. It is a good idea to have a look through a few of them. –  nxx Apr 11 at 10:02
    
@nxx Anyway Thanks :) Josh's answer helps me understand it better. –  thefourtheye Apr 11 at 10:05

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And the Like:

And similar things; et cetera.

EXAMPLES:

I owe some of my initial successes to old friends at Oxford who put me in touch with publishers and the like.

I've spent the entire day sorting and washing baby clothes and the like.

The boot includes hooks for shopping bags and the like and the exterior is enhanced by alloy wheels.

Source: Oxfordonline Dic.

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It means "and similar" or according to Dictionary.com "and more of the same".

Idioms & Phrases

and the like

And more of the same, as in John just loves hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and the like . [c. 1600]

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