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the thick plottens etymology Spoonerism of the plot thickens.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) The plot thickens.
    • 1909, "In the wake of the news: Weaving the net", Chicago Daily Tribune, 3 February 1909, p.12: The thick plottens in the checker scandal. Our expert along those lines, whose monicker is thinly veiled, in the subscription to the appended document, evidently knows more than he is of a mind to spring at this time.
    • 1942, Vincent Starrett, "The Case of the Two Flutes", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, No.2, p.96: "The thick plottens, Gilly," he observed in great good humor. "Decidedly, the thick plottens!"
    • 1993, Bill Taylor, "Credibility left dangling in Rocky vs. Rockies", Toronto Daily Star, 28 May 1993, p.C6: Meanwhile, the thick plottens. It involves renegade US Treasury agents, vast amounts of money, lots of gunplay, crashing and exploding planes and the capture of Hal by a gang of serious ne'er-do-wells [...]
the thing is
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to introduce the main point or issue I'd like to come, but the thing is, I just can't afford it.
the thing of it
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) The important point to consider.
    • 1855, Azel Stevens Roe, A long look ahead; or, The first stroke and the last But the thing of it is, when to begin
    • 1997, Youth and Violence.: Developing Local & State Solutions But the thing of it is , everybody was rooting for the other individual and I was the only one rooting for him.
In casual speech, and occasionally in casual writing, the verb be following this phrase is doubled, as "The thing of it is, is ..." or "The thing of it was, was ..."
the world is one's lobster etymology Originally a malapropism spoken by character Arthur Daley in the British TV comedy-drama .
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  1. (British, humorous) intentional misrendering of the proverb "the world is one's oyster"
they {{wikipedia}} etymology The term was borrowed by Middle English (as they, thei) in the mid 1200s from Old Norse þeir, the nominative plural masculine of the demonstrative , which acted in Old Norse as a plural pronoun. The Norse term derives from Proto-Germanic *þai, from Proto-Indo-European *to-. It gradually replaced Old English and hīe. Cognate with Old English scLatinx "those"; whence Modern English tho, Scots thae, thai, thay, Icelandic þeir, Faroese teir, Swedish de, Danish de, Norwegian de, Norwegian Nynorsk dei, Saterland Frisian dja, Dutch die and de, and German die. See also tho. The earliest uses of the term as a singular pronoun are from 1325 (a use of þer) and 1478 (a use of they). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ðeɪ/
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (the third-person plural) A group of people, animals{{,}} or objects previously mentioned. {{defdate}} Fred and Jane? They just arrived. I have a car and a truck, but they are both broken.
    • 2010, Iguana Invasion!: Exotic Pets Gone Wild in Florida (ISBN 1561644684), page 9: There is no reason to be scared of iguanas. They do not attack humans.
  2. (the third-person singular, sometimes proscribed) A single person, previously mentioned, especially if of unknown or non-binary gender. {{defdate}}
    • 1594, , Comedy of Errors, Act IV, Scene 3: There's not a man I meet but doth salute me As if I were their well-acquainted friend.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
    • 1897, Henry, James, Henry James, What Maisie Knew, 7150009M,, ‘No – there was some one in the cab.’ The only attenuation she could think of was after a minute to add: ‘But they didn't come up.’
    • 1997, J. K., Rowling, J. K. Rowling , Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, (quoted edition: London, Bloomsbury, 2000, 0 7475 5955 9, 187), , Someone knocked into Harry as they hurried past him. It was Hermione.
    • 2008, Michelle Obama, quoted in Lisa Rogak, Michelle Obama in Her Own Words, New York, NY: PublicAffairs, 2009. ISBN 978 1 58648 762 1, page 18: One thing a nominee earns is the right to pick the vice president that they think will best reflect their vision of the country, and I am just glad I will have nothing to do with it.
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  3. (indefinite pronoun, vague meaning) People; some people; someone, excluding the speaker. They say it’s a good place to live. They didn’t have computers in the old days. They should do something about this. They have a lot of snow in winter.
  4. eye dialect of there
    • 2000, Janice Giles, Hill Man, page 58: They ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.
    • 2008, Christian Carvajal, Lightfall, page 82: But they ain’t nothin’ in there you didn’t already have.
    • 2010, Alessandro Portelli, They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History, page 207: Well, they’s a lot of ‘em didn’t survive, if you believe me.
  • (singular pronoun) They began to be used as a singular pronoun in the 1300s. This usage has been common ever since, despite attempts by some grammarians, beginning in 1795,Anne Bodine, ''Androcentrism in Prescriptive Grammar: Singular `they', Sex-indefinite `he', and `he or she''', in ''Language in Society'', v. 4 (1975), pages 129-146 to condemn it as a violation of traditional (Latinate) agreement rules. Some other grammarians have countered that criticism since at least 1896.William Malone Baskervill and James Witt Sewell's ''An English Grammar'' (1896) says singular ''they'' is "frequently found ''when the antecedent includes or implies both genders''. The masculine does not really represent a feminine antecedent"; it furthermore recommends changing it to ''he'' or ''she'' "''unless both genders are implied''". (Italics in original.) Fowler's Modern English Usage (third edition) notes that it "is being left unaltered by copy editors" and is "not widely felt to lie in a prohibited zone." Some authors have compared the use of singular they to the widespread use of singular you instead of thou.Michael Reed, ''Tech Book 1'' (ISBN 0956081312), ''Note abut pronoun usage'', page 9: "Singular ''they'' can introduce some ambiguity because the antecedent of the pronoun “they” could theoretically be a male or female [... but] English has survived the loss of pronouns such as ''thou'' (singular ''you'') despite the consequent potential for ambiguity."John McWhorter, ''Word on the Street: Debunking the Myth of a Pure Standard'' (2009, ISBN 0786731478): "In this light, our modern grammarians' discomfort with singular ''they'' is nothing but this comical intermediate stage in an inevitable change, as misguided and futile as the old grumbles about singular ''you''." See singular they for a more in-depth discussion. See also the usage notes about themself.
  • (singular pronoun) Infrequently, they is used of an individual person of known, binary gender. See .
  • (singular pronoun) Infrequently, they is used of an individual animal which would more commonly be referred to as it. See .
  • For information on the use of he as a generic singular pronoun (for individuals of unspecified or female gender), see he.
  • (indefinite pronoun) One is also an indefinite pronoun, but the two words do not mean the same thing and are rarely interchangeable. "They" refers to people in general, whereas "one" refers to one person (often such that what is true for that person is true for everyone). A writer may also use "you" when talking to everyone in the audience. They say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." One may say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." You may say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (archaic or dialectal) those (used for people)
    • 1802 Swedenborg, E. Arcana cœlestia: or Heavenly mysteries contained in the sacred Scriptures, or Word of the Lord, manifested and laid open [an exposition of Genesis and Exodus]. J. & E. Hodson Whereas they are called nations, who are principled in charity and they people who are principled in faith, therefore the priesthood of the Lord is predicated of nations as relation to things celestial, which are goodnesses...
    • 1883 Judy, or the London serio-comic journal, Volume 33 Harvard University Darn'd if they Cockney Chaps can zee there worn't nort but lie in him.
  • {{rank}}
  • hyte
they'dn't've etymology From they + wouldn't (would + -n’t 〈-n’t〉) + -'ve. pronunciation
  • /ðeɪd(ə)n(t)ə(v)/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (nonstandard or colloquial or dialectal) They would not have.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal, nonstandard) alternative form of they're
thick etymology From Middle English thicke, from Old English þicce, from Proto-Germanic *þikkuz, *þikkwiz, from Proto-Indo-European *tegus. Cognate with Dutch dik, German dick, Swedish tjock, Albanian thuk, Old Irish tiug and Welsh tew. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θɪk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its small solid dimension.
  2. Measuring a certain number of unit in this dimension. exampleI want some planks that are two inches thick.
  3. Heavy in build; thickset.
    • 2007, James T. Knight, Queen of the Hustle As she twirled around in front of the mirror admiring how the dress showed off her thick booty, she felt like a princess in a children's storybook.
    • 2009, Kenny Attaway, Nuthouse Love (page 82) JJ loved “average hood girls”, Cody loved dark-skinned thick girls and Mooch lusted for yellow-boned skinny woman.
    exampleHe had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side.
  4. Densely crowded or packed.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 3 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.”
    exampleWe walked through thick undergrowth.
  5. Having a viscous consistency. exampleMy mum’s gravy was thick but at least it moved about.
  6. Abounding in number. exampleThe room was thick with reporters.
  7. Impenetrable to sight. exampleWe drove through thick fog.
  8. Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated. exampleWe had difficulty understanding him with his thick accent.
  9. (informal) Stupid. exampleHe was as thick as two short planks.
  10. (informal) Friendly or intimate. exampleThey were as thick as thieves.
    • T. Hughes We have been thick ever since.
  11. Deep, intense, or profound. exampleThick darkness.
    • Shakespeare thick sleep
Synonyms: (relatively great in extent from one surface to another) broad, (measuring a certain number of units in this dimension), (heavy in build) chunky, solid, stocky, thickset, (densely crowded or packed) crowded, dense, packed, (having a viscous consistency) glutinous, viscous, (abounding in number) overflow, swarm, teem, (impenetrable to sight) dense, opaque, solid, (difficult to understand, poorly articulated) unclear, (informal: stupid) dense, dumb (informal), stupid, thick as pigshit (taboo slang), thick as two short planks (slang), (friendly, intimate) chummy (UK), close, close-knit, friendly, pally (informal), intimate, tight-knit, (deep, intense, or profound) great, extreme, See also
  • (relatively great in extent from one surface to another) slim, thin
  • (heavy in build) slender, slight, slim, svelte, thin
  • (densely crowded or packed) sparse
  • (having a viscous consistency) free-flowing, runny
  • (abounding in number)
  • (impenetrable to sight) thin, transparent
  • (difficult to understand, poorly articulated) clear, lucid
  • (informal: stupid) brainy (informal), intelligent, smart
  • (friendly, intimate) unacquainted
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a thick manner. Snow lay thick on the ground.
  2. Thickly. Bread should be sliced thick to make toast.
  3. Frequently; in great numbers. The arrows flew thick and fast around us.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The thickest, or most active or intense, part of something. It was mayhem in the thick of battle.
    • Dryden He through a little window cast his sight / Through thick of bars, that gave a scanty light.
  2. A thicket.
    • Drayton gloomy thicks
    • Spenser Through the thick they heard one rudely rush.
  3. (slang) A stupid person; a fool.
    • 2014, Joseph O'Connor, The Thrill of It All (page 100) If there was doctorates in bollocksology and scratching yourself in bed, the two of you'd be professors by now. Pair of loafing, idle thicks.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic, transitive) To thicken. The nightmare Life-in-death was she, / Who thicks man's blood with cold. — Coleridge.
thick as champ etymology See champ.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very ignorant or foolish.
thick as thieves
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, simile, colloquial) Intimate, close-knit.
thickheaded etymology thick + headed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) stupid, obtuse or dumb.
thickie etymology thick + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang) a dimwit or idiot
Synonyms: See also .
thickness etymology From Middle English thiknesse, from Old English þicnes, equivalent to thick + ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The property of being thick (in dimension).
  2. (uncountable) A measure of how thick (in dimension) something is. The thickness of the Earth's crust is varies from two to 70 kilometres.
  3. (countable) A layer. We upholstered the seat with three thicknesses of cloth to make it more comfortable to sit on.
  4. (uncountable) The quality of being thick (in consistency). Whip the cream until it reaches a good thickness.
  5. (uncountable, informal) The property of being thick (slow to understand).
Synonyms: (the property of being thick in dimension) fatness, (measure) depth, (layer) layer, stratum, (in consistency) density, viscosity, (property of being stupid) denseness, slowness, stupidity, thickheadedness
  • (in consistency) fluidity, liquidity, runniness, thinness, wateriness
  • (property of being stupid) mental acuity, mental agility, quick-wittedness, sharpness
  • tschinkes
thicko pronunciation
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etymology thick + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang) A dimwit or idiot.
Synonyms: See also .
thick-un etymology From thick + un
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shilling.
    • 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) an idiotic person.
thief etymology From Old English þēof, from Proto-Germanic *þeubaz. Spelling from Northern England, where /eːo/ became [iə] rather than [eː]. (Compare p.e. the spelling of deep from Old English deop.) pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /θiːf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who has carried out a theft.
  2. (obsolete) A waster in the snuff of a candle. {{rfquotek}}
  • burglar
  • cat burglar
  • mugger
  • robber
  • pickpocket
related terms:
  • thieve
  • thief in law
  • feith
thigh {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English thighe, thehe, from Old English þēoh, þīoh, from Proto-Germanic *þeuhą (compare West Frisian tsjea, Dutch dij, Middle High German diech, Icelandic þjó), from Proto-Indo-European *teuk- (compare Scottish Gaelic tòn, Lithuanian táukas, Russian тук 〈tuk〉). pronunciation
  • /θaɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The upper leg of a human, between the hip and the knee. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet: I coniure thee by Rosalines bright eyes, By her High forehead, and her Scarlet lip, By her Fine foote, Straight leg, and Quiuering thigh, And the Demeanes, that there Adiacent lie, That in thy likenesse thou appeare to vs.
    • 1800, Jane Austen, letter, 8 Nov 1800: About ten days ago, in cocking a pistol in the guard-room at Marcau, he accidentally shot himself through the Thigh.
    • 1991, Kathy Lette, The Llama Parlour: ‘Why not pay up now, kiddo?’ he suggested magnanimously, patting me on the thigh.
    • 2011, The Guardian, 31 Mar 2011: The 23-year-old was substituted in the 75th minute of France's goalless friendly draw with Croatia on Tuesday after suffering an injury to his thigh.
  2. That part of the leg of vertebrates (or sometimes other animals) which corresponds to the human thigh in position or function; the tibia of a horse, the tarsus of a bird; the third leg-section of an insect. {{defdate}}
    • 2009, Fred Thompson, Grillin' with Gas: Add the chicken thighs, close the bag, and squish the marinade to coat the chicken.
    • 2011, Ian Sample, The Guardian, 23 Feb 2011: The newly discovered dinosaur Brontomerus mcintoshi may have used its huge muscular thighs to kick predators and rivals.
  • hight
thin air pronunciation
  • /θɪ.nɛə(r)/
  • {{homophones}} (in accents with th-fronting)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, figuratively, usually, humorous) An unknown location.
related terms:
  • into thin air, out of thin air
thin blue line {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The police.
thing {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English þing, from Proto-Germanic *þingą; compare West Frisian ding, Low German Ding, Dutch ding, German Ding, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ting. The word originally meant "assembly", then came to mean a specific issue discussed at such an assembly, and ultimately came to mean most broadly "an object". Compare the Latin rēs, also meaning legal matter. Modern use to refer to a Germanic assembly is likely influenced by cognates (from the same Proto-Germanic root) like Old Norse þing, Swedish ting, and Old High German ding with this meaning. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θɪŋ/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /θiːŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.
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  2. A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.
  3. An individual object or distinct entity.
  4. (informal) Something that is normal or generally recognised. exampleBacon pie? Is that a thing?
  5. (legal)
    1. Whatever can be own.
    2. Corporeal object.
  6. The latest fad or fashion.
  7. (in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.
  8. (informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods. exampleget me a thing of apple juice at the store;  I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans
  9. (informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor. exampleThe car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.
  10. (slang) A penis.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, 50th anniversary edition (2009), p. 126: “Oh Gertie it’s true. It’s all true. They’ve got a horrid gash instead of a thrilling thing.”
  11. A living being or creature.
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    exampleyou poor thing;  she's a funny old thing, but her heart's in the right place;  I met a pretty blond thing at the bar
  12. That which matters; the crux. examplethat's the thing: we don't know where he went;  the thing is, I don't have any money
  13. Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent. exampleOh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.
    • 1914, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, The Movie Man [playscript]: Don’t forget to have Gomez postpone that shooting thing. (in reference to the execution of Fernandez)
  14. (chiefly, historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.
    • 1974, Jón Jóhannesson, A History of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth: Íslendinga Saga, translated by Haraldur Bessason, page 46: In accordance with Old Germanic custom men came to the thing fully armed, [...]
    • 1974, Jakob Benediktsson, Landnám og upphaf allsherjarríkis, in Saga Íslands, quoted in 1988 by Jesse L. Byock in Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power, page 85: The goðar seem both to have received payment of thing-fararkaup from those who stayed home and at the same time compensated those who went to the thing, and it cannot be seen whether they had any profit from these transactions.
    • 1988, Jesse L. Byock, Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power, page 59: All Icelandic things were skap-thing, meaning that they were governed by established procedure and met at regular legally designated intevals at predetermined meeting places.
  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...
Synonyms: stuff (uncountable equivalent), item, yoke (Ireland)
related terms:
  • diminutives: thingy / thingie, thingo [Aus]
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) To express as a thing; to reify.
  • {{rank}}
  • night, Night
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, chiefly Scotland) Agitated, flustered, in a lather.
    • 2005, Qualitative Research in Health Care (ed. Immy Holloway), Open University Press (2005), ISBN 9780335212941, page 68: If a guy is going to get thingmy when he sees a women pull her breast out then he is not much a guy is he.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly Scotland) Thing.
    • 2000, Susie Maguire, The Short Hello, Polygon (2000), ISBN 9780748662715: It was a huge, massive great place, with loads of people dragging lights around, and tiers of seating, and a big blonde woman wearing earmuff thingmies, {{…}}
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thingy pronunciation
  • (UK) /θɪŋiː/
  • (US) /θɪŋi/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)
  2. (slang, euphemism) penis
    • 2004, Richard Tinsley, Walking on the Son He pulled out his thingy. It was huge.
Synonyms: doohickey, thingummy, thingummabob, thingummajig, whatsit, whaddayacallit, gizmo, dingus, doofer, See also
  • nighty
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, informal) en-past of think
thinking cap etymology From considering cap'''1605''' Robert Armin, ''Foole upon Foole'' (later [ ''A Nest of Ninnies'']), "The Cobler puts off his '''considering cap''', why sir, sayes he, I sent them home but now."
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A supposed piece of headgear worn while one is thinking about how to solve a problem. This project looks like it will be a real challenge - put your thinking cap on!
  • Finnish: fi
{{trans-mid}} {{trans-bottom}}
thinking man's crumpet etymology Coined 1960s by Frank Muir to describe Joan Bakewell, following the latter’s appearances in high-brow television discussion programmes such as Late Night Line-Up.[ An affair to remember], ''{{w|The Daily Telegraph}}'', 5 October 2003. From crumpet.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) An intelligent and good looking woman, particularly one who has a high profile in the broadcast media. Joan Bakewell was famously described as "the thinking man's crumpet".
Frequently the thinking man’s crumpet.
related terms:
  • crumpet
thinko pronunciation
  • /θɪŋkəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From think + o, on the model of typo.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) A careless mistake made in think. I must have done quite a thinko, but I don't remember leaving my keys in the refrigerator.
    • 1998, K. G. Binmore, Game Theory and the Social Contract, Volume 2: Just Playing, page 34, We need to face the fact that thinkos are likely to be much more important, even though such a source of noise is much harder to model.
    • 2006, Kristen B. Donohue, Misused Words and Other Witing Gaffes: A Manager's Primer, Harvard Business School, Written Communications that Inform and Influence, page 164, Spell-checkers can help with simple types such as misspellings and repeated words, but they are little defense against the equally common "thinkos," such as the inconvenience/incontinence example above. Your only defense against thinkos is a careful read.
    • 2008, Kurt Wall, Tcl and Tk Programming for the Absolute Beginner, page 134, I don't know about you, but I don't want to grovel through a bunch of code blocks to track down a typo or thinko.
    • 2009, Geoff Nunberg, Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times, page 59, There are two kinds of linguistic missteps, the typos and the thinkos. Typos are the processing glitches that intercede between a thought and its expression. They can make you look foolish, but they aren't really the signs of an intellectual or ethical deficiency, the way thinkos are.
Synonyms: (mistake) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, brain fart, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble
  • See also
, See also
coordinate terms:
  • clicko, scanno, spello, typo
think of the children {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} {{commonscat}} {{wikiquote}}
verb: {{head}} (often in the imperative)
  1. (humorous) To engage in moral panic.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 165–167, Community, Space and Online Censorship, Scott Beattie, 2009, Ashgate, 978-0-7546-7308-8, “Children are simultaneously the victims of predators and vulnerable to exposure to dangerous images. All accompanied by the shrill cry of 'will no one think of the children?'”
    • Rebecca Coleman, Debra Ferreday, Hope and Feminist Theory, page 99, Routledge, 978-0-415-61852-6, Reading Disorders: Online Suicide and the Death of Hope, 2011, “Moral panic has become in current media discourse the inevitable outcome of any story involving 'youth': in the blogosphere, 'Won't someone think of the children!' — the imagined battle-cry of the faux-outraged columnist — is in danger of becoming the new Godwin's law'”
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. Used other than as an idiom: think, of, the, children
  • Often posed as a rhetorical question: Won't someone please think of the children?
  • {{seemoreCites}}
think too much
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, Hong Kong) To think over a problem in a complex way where the solution is simple.
  2. (colloquial, Hong Kong, not standard, humorous) To associate something with a taboo topic such as sex and profanity For French today, we will learn the word douche - now, don't think too much!
think with one's little head Alternative forms: think with one's other head
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, usually, humorous, of a male) To make decision or act based on one's sexual impulse rather than based on clear reasoning.
    • 2003 May 9, Dalton Ross, "Rumble in the Jungle," Entertainment Weekly (retrieved 10 Jan 2010): Obsessed with Heidi's cleavage, the pervert within may start thinking with his little head instead of his big one.
    • 2007, ,The Down Home Zombie Blues, ISBN 9780553589641, p. 234: [A]ll Theo could think about were all the places on her body he wanted to put his mouth. He was definitely, as Zeke was prone to say, thinking with his little head and not his big one.
    • 2008 May 28, , "Bernier left ex-girlfriend twisting in media wind," Toronto Star (retrieved 10 Jan 2010): [I]t's fair to say that now-disgraced former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier was thinking with his little head—as well as his fat one.
  • Usually used in the present participle form: thinking with one's little head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) thinspiration
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  2. Material provided as an inspiration to stay thin or lose weight.
    • {{quote-news}}
third base
noun: {{head}} (singulare tantum)
  1. (baseball) The base after second base in a counter-clockwise path around a baseball infield. The runner reached third base with a stand-up triple.
  2. (blackjack) The betting spot located immediately to the right of the dealer, which is last to act.
  3. (colloquial) Touching a man's or woman's genitals in a sexual manner; mutual masturbation.
third leg etymology By analogy of one's penis being as long as one of one's legs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, slang) A penis; specifically a long one.
  • red light
thirteen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Arabic numerals: 13, Roman numerals: XIII etymology From Middle English thirttene, variant (through metathesis) of thrittene, from Old English þreotīene, þreotene, from Proto-Germanic *þritehun. Compare West Frisian trettjin, Dutch dertien, German dreizehn, Danish tretten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈθɜː.tiːn/ (US) /ˈθɝ.tin/
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  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /ˌθɜːˈtiːn/ (US) /ˌθɝˈtin/
  • {{rhymes}}
numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number occurring after twelve and before fourteen, represented in Roman numerals as XIII and in Arabic numerals as 13. exampleThere are thirteen cards of each of the four suits in a deck of playing cards.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond exampleDuring the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant…
coordinate terms:
  • Previous: twelve. Next: fourteen
related terms:
  • Ordinal: thirteenth
  • tetherin
thirteenish etymology thirteen + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about thirteen years of age.
thirty Alternative forms: threety etymology From Middle English thirty, metathetic alternant of Middle English thritti, þrittiȝ, from Old English scLatinx, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz tigiwiz, equivalent to three + ty.{{R:Merriam Webster Online}}{{}} Cognate with Scots therty, tretty, West Frisian tritich, Dutch dertig, German dreißig. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈθɜːti/
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  • (GenAm) /ˈθɝti/,[ Macmillan (US)] (compare [ Macmillan (UK)]the [ Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary] [ˈθɝɾi]
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numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number occurring after twenty-nine and before thirty-one, represented in Arabic numerals as 30.
related terms:
  • thirtieth (ordinal number)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A rack of thirty beer.
thirtyish etymology thirty + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Approximately thirty
  2. (informal) Of about thirty years of age.
this {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English, from Old English þis (neuter demonstrative), from North Sea Germanic base *þa- "that", from Proto-Germanic *þat, from Proto-Indo-European *tód, extended form of demonstrative base *to-; + North Sea Germanic definitive suffix -s, from Proto-Indo-European *só. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ðɪs/
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  • {{rhymes}}
determiner: {{head}}
  1. The (thing) here (used in indicating something or someone nearby). exampleThis classroom is where I learned to read and write.
  2. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone just mentioned). exampleThey give the appearance of knowing what they're doing. It's this appearance that lets them get away with so much.
  3. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone about to be mentioned). exampleWhen asked what he wanted for his birthday, he gave this reply: “[…]”
  4. A known (thing) (used in first mentioning a person or thing that the speaker does not think is known to the audience). Compare with "a certain ...". exampleI met this woman the other day who's allergic to wheat. I didn't even know that was possible! exampleThere's just this nervous mannerism that Bob has with his hands, and it drives me crazy.
  5. (Of a unit of time) which is current. exampleIt snowed this week.
related terms:
  • that, these, those
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To the degree or extent indicated. I need this much water. We've already come this far, we can't turn back now.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. The thing, item, etc. being indicated. This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,—often the surfeit of our own behaviour,—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars… — Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 1. Scene 2.
related terms:
  • that, these, those
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (philosophy) Something being indicated that is here; one of these.
    • 2001, James G. Lennox, Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology (page 151) Terms like 'house', 'sphere', 'animal', and 'human' do not refer to other thises distinct from these ones here — they refer to the sort of thing these ones here are.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet slang) Indicates the speaker's strong approval or agreement with the previous material.
Synonyms: +1, like, IAWTP
  • {{rank}}
  • hist, Hist
  • hits
  • shit
  • sith
  • tish, Tish
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (dialect or humorous) that way; in that direction.
this is the life
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) An expression of bliss, an expression of happiness with one's current situation.
    • 2008, Gary Wood, Don't Wait for Your Ship to Come In... Swim Out to Meet It Ah, this is the life. All dressed up on an ocean liner with your favourite cocktail in hand, enjoying a nice relaxing evening.
thissen Alternative forms: thi sen, thisen, thee sen, thassen etymology thy + sen. pronunciation
  • /ðɪ.ˈsɛn/
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (Yorkshire, colloquial) Yourself.
thizz etymology Alteration of thing pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, California, slang, African American Vernacular English) MDMA; Ecstasy.
    • 2008, Joseph R. Sims, Skeletons, iUniverse (2008), ISBN 9780595524983, page 23: "We've got thizz!" Alexis shot me a look to see if it was okay that she'd mentioned it.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, California, slang, African American Vernacular English) To get high from the drug MDMA (Ecstasy).
    • 2006, Erick K. Arnold, "Dumbed Down", Vibe, July 2006: Similarly, some members of the Bay's black community, who feel that goin' dumb isn't particularly smart, have compared thizzin' (taking Ecstasy) to the crack epidemic.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, California, slang, African American Vernacular English) High from the drug MDMA (Ecstasy).
    • 2011, K. Z. Snow, The Zero Knot, Dreamspinner Press (2011), ISBN 9781613722046, page 173: {{…}} He said, like, 'Come on, baby, this is a challenge now. We gotta break this uptight son of a bitch. We'll double-team his ass. I think he's thizzin' enough.' {{…}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of thizz
tho pronunciation
  • (UK) /ðəʊ/
  • (US) /ðoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English tho, tha, from Old English þā, from Proto-Germanic *þai, from Proto-Indo-European *to-, *só. Cognate with Saterland Frisian do.
article: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) The (plural form); those.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (obsolete) Those; they.
etymology 2 From Middle English tho, tha, from Old English þā, from Proto-Germanic *sa, from Proto-Indo-European *to-, *só.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (now dialectal) Then; thereupon.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2: exampleTho, her avizing of the vertues rare / Which thereof spoken were, she gan againe / Her to bethink of that mote to her selfe pertaine.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. (dialectal) When.
etymology 3 American English; Alteration of though.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, US) alternative spelling of though
    • {{quote-book }}
  • hot, HOT
Thomas {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek Θωμᾶς 〈Thōmâs〉, the Biblical Greek transcription of Aramaic תאומא 〈ţʼwmʼ〉 or תאמא 〈ţʼmʼ〉, the nickname of one of the Twelve Apostles. In the gospel of John (11:16, 20:24), the Aramaic nickname is also translated into Greek, as δίδυμος 〈dídymos〉. Rendered Thomas in the Vulgate, and hence in English Bible translations. Use as a given name since the Middle Ages, e.g. Thomas the Presbyter (7th century), Thomas the Slav (8th century), Thomas of Bayeux (died 1100). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɒm.əs/
  • (US) /ˈtɑm.əs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, Christianity) An infidel (in reference to the doubting Apostle).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An Apostle, best remembered for doubting the resurrection of Jesus.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
  2. A given name of biblical origin, popular since the 13th century.
    • {{RQ:Twain Sawyer}} "Becky Thatcher. What's yours? Oh, I know. It's Thomas Sawyer." "That's the name they lick me by. I'm Tom when I'm good. You call me Tom, will you?"
    • 1941 Judith Kelly, Marriage is a Private Affair, Harper 1944, page 133: - - - goodness we scarcely have a name for the baby yet now all of you must take a vote, all of you, but let's have a nice simple name like Thomas don't you think I hate elaborate names, do please all of you vote for Thomas..."
  3. {{surname}}
  4. A city in Oklahoma
  5. A city in West Virginia
related terms:
  • (female given names) Tamsin, Thomasina
  • MacTavish
  • McCavish
  • McComb
  • McCombe
  • McCombie
  • McComie
  • McComish
  • McOmie
  • McOmish
  • McTavish
  • Tamblin
  • Tambling
  • Tamblyn
  • Tamlin
  • Tamlyn
  • Tamplin
  • Thom
  • Thomason
  • Thomasson
  • Thomerson
  • Thomlinson
  • Thompsett
  • Thompson
  • Thomsett
  • Thomson
  • Tom
  • Tomalin
  • Tomas
  • Tomblin
  • Tombling
  • Tombs
  • Tomes
  • Tomkies
  • Tomkin
  • Tomkins
  • Tomkinson
  • Tomkiss
  • Tomkys
  • Tomlin
  • Tomlins
  • Tomlinson
  • Tommis
  • Tompkin
  • Tompkins
  • Tompkinson
  • Tompsett
  • Tompson
  • Toms
  • Tomsett
  • Tomson
  • Tonkin
  • Tonks
  • Toombes
  • Toombs
  • Townson
thong {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English thong, thwong, thwang, from Old English þwong, þwang, þweng, þwæng, from Proto-Germanic *þwangiz, *þwanguz, from Proto-Indo-European *twenk-. Cognate with Scots thwang, thwayng, thang, gml dwenge, German Zwinge, Norwegian dialectal tveng, Icelandic þvengur. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θɒŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strip of leather.
  2. (usually, in the plural, Australia, US) An item of footwear, usually of rubber, secured by two straps which join to pass between the big toe and its neighbour.
    • 1964, The Beach Boys, All Summer Long T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs (T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs).
    • 2006, Peter Murray, David Poole, Grant Jones, Contemporary Issues in Management and Organisational Behaviour, Thomson, [http//|%22thongs%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=TG3xwcFguH&sig=0GRl0y-_iiNIIUlYrGLZptufxN4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NH2CUPrqAa-ViAesh4DgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thong%22|%22thongs%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 108], Players turned up for questioning wearing thongs, shorts and T-shirts.
    • 2008, Steve Parish, Eccentric Australia, [http//|%22thongs%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fCARBBKASS&sig=HuTN3MAcq81MMKoJGoAr5W1wFpE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NH2CUPrqAa-ViAesh4DgDQ&redir_esc=y page 104], Thongs are the favoured footwear for many Aussies, especially near the beaches, but most people in the Outback find that they can′t put a foot wrong with a tough, nicely worn-in pair or workboots.
    • 2009, Charles Rawlings-Way, Sydney, Lonely Planet, [http//|%22thongs%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=M5OMVHwoHW&sig=DJX1gA76W7xi3F1E0RhluL7PHSQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NH2CUPrqAa-ViAesh4DgDQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thong%22|%22thongs%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 126], You shouldn′t face condescension if you rock into a boutique in your thongs and a singlet, but neither will you be treated like a princess just because you′ve splashed $5000 on daddy′s credit card.
  3. (UK, US, New Zealand) An undergarment or swimwear consisting of very narrow strips designed to cover just the genitals and nothing more. No! I won't buy you a thong. You're too young for that.
Synonyms: (an item of footwear) flip-flop, jandal (New Zealand), (a undergarment or swimwear) G-string, butt floss
those etymology From Middle English thos, alteration of tho, equivalent to tho + s. More at tho. pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • (RP) /ðəʊz/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ðoʊz/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. plural of that
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThose bolts go with these parts.
  • these
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. plural of that
  • {{rank}}
  • ethos, shote
thot etymology {{rfe}} Presumably an acronym for "that hoe over there." pronunciation
  • /θɒt/
  • (US) /θɑt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, urban youth slang) A prostitute.
  2. (US, urban youth slang, derogatory) A girl or woman.
Synonyms: See also
thou {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English thou, thow, thu, þou, from Old English þū, from Proto-Germanic *þū, from Proto-Indo-European *túh₂ 〈*túh₂〉. Akin to Old Frisian thū (West Frisian do), Old Saxon thū (Low German du), Old Dutch thū (Middle Dutch du, Limburgish doe), Old High German (German du), Old Norse þú, (Icelandic þú, Danish du, Norwegian du, Swedish du, Old Swedish þu), Latin tu, Ancient Greek σύ 〈sý〉 (Modern Greek εσύ 〈esý〉). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ðaʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: thu, du, thow, tha
pronoun: {{wikipedia}} {{head}}
  1. (archaic, literary, religious, ceremonial, or dialectal) you singular informal, nominative case
  • thou is used with the archaic second-person singular of verbs, which usually ends in -est, as in, for example, “Lovest thou me?” Irregular forms include: art (of be), hast (of have), shalt (of shall), wost (of wit), wilt (of will), and dost (of do).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To address (a person) using the pronoun thou, especially as an expression of familiarity or contempt.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘On the City Wall’, In Black and White, Folio Society 2005, p. 443: "One service more, Sahib, since thou hast come so opportunely," said Lalun. "Wilt thou" – it is very nice to be thou-ed by Lalun – "take this old man across the City [...] to the Kumharsen Gate?"
    I thou thee, thou traitor! (Edward Coke to Walter Raleigh) Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee! (The morality play Hickscorner, ca. 1530) If thou thou'st him some thrice, it shall not be amiss[...] (Twelfth Night 3.2, Sir Toby Belch to Sir Andrew, egging him on to pick a fight with another, where one would expect one knight courteously to say to another, "If you thou him..."). Don't thou them as thous thee! (Yorkshire English admonition to overly familiar children)
  2. (intransitive) To use the word thou.
  • you
etymology 2 Shortened from thousandth. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θaʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated British) A unit of length equal to one-thousandth of an inch.
Synonyms: mil (US)
etymology 3 Shortened from thousand. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θaʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A thousand, especially a thousand dollar, a thousand pounds sterling, etc.
  • {{rank}}
etymology 4 Mis-spelling of though
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. misspelling of though
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. misspelling of though
though Alternative forms: tho, tho’ etymology From Middle English thaugh, thagh, from Old English þēah, later superseded in many dialects by Middle English though, thogh, from Old Norse *þóh (later þó); both from Proto-Germanic *þauh, from Proto-Indo-European *to-, suffixed with Proto-Germanic *-hw < Proto-Indo-European *-kʷe. Akin to Scots thoch, Saterland Frisian dach, Western Frisian dôch, dochs, Dutch doch, German doch, Swedish dock, Icelandic þó. More at that. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ðəʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}},/ðoʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (conjunctive) Despite that; however. exampleI will do it, though.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (degree) Used to intensify statements or questions; indeed. example"Man, it's hot in here." — "Isn't it, though?" 〈"Man, it's hot in here." — "Isn't it, though?"〉
Synonyms: (despite that) all the same, anyhow, anyway, even so, in any case, nevertheless, nonetheless, still, yet
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Despite the fact that; although. exampleThough it’s risky, it’s worth taking the chance. Though it’s risky, it’s worth taking the chance.〉
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  2. (archaic) If, that, even if. exampleWe shall be not sorry though the man die tonight.
    • 1945, Oscar Hammerstein II, “” (song), in , (musical) Walk on through the wind, / Walk on through the rain, / Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
  • (if) This sense is now archaic, except in the fixed expression as though.
Synonyms: (although) although, even though
  • {{rank}}
thousandaire etymology Modeled on existing words such as millionaire using thousand.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Somebody whose wealth is greater than one thousand dollars, or the local currency.
    • {{quote-news}}
thousand one Alternative forms: (US) thousand one, one thousand one, a thousand one, (UK) thousand and one, one thousand and one, a thousand and one, Arabic numerals: 1001. Roman numerals: MI
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (US) One thousand plus one.
  2. (informal) The ordinality of an element whose predecessor is thousandth; usually called thousand-first (US) or thousand-and-first (UK) but sometimes number thousand one (US) or number thousand and one (UK).
  3. (informal) A great number. I have a thousand and one things to do today.
  • one thousand
thousand-yard stare
noun: {{en-noun}} {{Wikipedia}}
  1. (informal, military) A blank, unfocused glance given by a traumatize soldier.
thrasher etymology thrash + er
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. One who thrash.
  2. Any of several New World passerine songbird, of the genera Toxostoma, Allenia, Margarops, Oreoscoptes and Ramphocinclus in the family Mimidae, that have a long, downward-curved beak.
  3. A thresher shark.
  4. (informal) A fan of thrash metal music.
thread necromancy etymology Comes from the word thread, the flow of a discussion in a forum, and the word necromancy, the raising of the dead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) On an Internet forum, the act of posting in a thread that is already considered dead or/and out of discussion.
threads pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of thread
  2. (pluralonly, slang) clothes.
  • dearths
  • hardest
  • hatreds
  • heardst
  • trashed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball slang) A triple.
three day sickness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An insect borne cattle disease, bovine ephemeral fever.
three-finger salute
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, humorous) , a keypress used to reset or interrupt the computer.
    • 1986, February 25, Charles Petzold, PC Magazine, volume 5, number 4, article "Operating in a New Environment": THE THREE-FINGER SALUTE … to suddenly find that your keyboard is frozen or to watching the screen fill up with garbage. You may not even be aware of the two different types of crashes, the soft crash (recoverable by the three-finger salute, Ctrl-Alt-Del) or the hard crash (big red switch and count to 5 slowly).
three hots and a cot etymology Rhyming expression from the idea of three hot meals daily and a bed to sleep on.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) prison
  2. (slang) shelter
threeish etymology three + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to three o'clock.
threepeat Alternative forms: three-peat etymology {{blend}}
verb: {{wikipedia}} {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To win somethings three times consecutively.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A third successive win.
  • repeateth
three-peat {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: threepeat etymology {{blend}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To win somethings three times consecutively.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A third successive win.
related terms:
  • hat trick
  • repeateth
threesome etymology From three + some. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈθɹiːsəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A group of three people.
  2. An instance of sexual activity involving three people.
    • 2013, Joanna Biggs, "Tell me everything", London Review of Books, vol. 35, no. 7: ‘Tell me everything,’ she said to Losse, and when she’d heard everything, got the colleague who kept suggesting a threesome discreetly demoted.
Synonyms: (group of three people): triad, trine, trinity, trio, troika, triumvirate, (sexual activity): ménage à trois, troilism
related terms:
  • twosome, foursome, fivesome, etc.
  • moresome
  • motherese
thriftster etymology thrift + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who buys clothing at thrift shop or otherwise tries to be fashionable on a budget.
    • 2005, Rebecca Temmer, "'Diamond in the must' thrid-store hunt", Imprint (University of Waterloo), Volume 28, Number 18, 25 November 2005, page 14: Happy shopping, fellow thriftsters.
    • 2010, Tabitha Akins, "Brooklyn", in "Outside Of Your Borough: Thrift Stores", W27 (State University of New York), Volume 42, Issue 79, March 2010, page 18: Buffalo Exchange is one of Williamsburg's hidden gems. Packed full of vintage and brand name clothing at a savvy price, it's a thriftster's haven.
    • 2011, Cathy Resmer & Tyler Machado, "Last Seven Days", Seven Days, 5 October 2011 - 12 October 2011, Volume 17, Number 5, page 5: Looks like another big-box store is bound for Williston — and this one actually has some thriftster appeal.
thrillfest etymology thrill + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An experience, such as a film, offering many thrill.
throat fucking etymology throat + fucking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Aggressive deepthroat fellatio
    • 2010, Michael Gleich, Sarge and the Sailor Boy, preview Tim was ecstatic, his balls up his ass, his throat fucking his own dick.
    Maria says that she enjoys throat fucking but her boyfriend believes she just does it to please him due to self-esteem.
throne {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English trone, from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Ancient Greek θρόνος 〈thrónos〉. Early Modern English spelling modified to conform with Latin and Greek etymology. pronunciation
  • /θɹəʊn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
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  1. The ornate seat a king or queen sits on for formal occasions, usually placed on a raised dais in the throne room.
    • He approached the throne reverently.
  2. The formal position of a sovereign.
    • Bible, Genesis xli. 40 Only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
    • Tennyson To mould a mighty state's decrees, / And shape the whisper of the throne.
  3. (colloquial) The lavatory or toilet.
    • She’s on the throne.
  4. (Biblical tradition) The third highest order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above dominion and below cherub.
    • Young Great Sire! whom thrones celestial ceaseless sing.
  5. (music) A type of stool used by drummer.
  6. (figuratively) The leadership.
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  1. (transitive, archaic) To place on a royal seat; to enthrone.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To place in an elevated position; to give sovereignty or dominion to; to exalt.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton True image of the Father, whether throned / In the bosom of bliss, and light of light.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To be in, or sit upon, a throne; to be placed as if upon a throne.
  • Hornet, hornet, nother, Thorne
throw {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English throwen, thrawen, from Old English þrāwan, from Proto-Germanic *þrēaną, from Proto-Indo-European *terh₁-‎ 〈*terh₁-‎〉. Cognate with Scots thraw, Dutch draaien, Low German draien, dreien, German drehen, Danish dreje, Swedish dreja, Albanian dredh.
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  1. (transitive) To hurl; to cause an object to move rapidly through the air. examplethrow a shoe;&nbsp;&nbsp; throw a javelin;&nbsp;&nbsp; the horse threw its rider
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.”
  2. (transitive) To eject or cause to fall off.
    • Shakespeare There the snake throws her enamelled skin.
  3. (transitive) To move to another position or condition; to displace. examplethrow the switch
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.”
  4. (ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  5. (transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straighten the bowling arm during delivery.
  6. (transitive, computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing. exampleIf the file is read-only, the method throws an invalid operation exception.
  7. (sports) To intentionally lose a game. exampleThe tennis player was accused of taking bribes to throw the match.
    • 2012, August 1. Peter Walker and Haroon Siddique in Guardian Unlimited, Eight Olympic badminton players disqualified for 'throwing games' Four pairs of women's doubles badminton players, including the Chinese top seeds, have been ejected from the Olympic tournament for trying to throw matches in an effort to secure a more favourable quarter-final draw.
  8. (transitive, informal) To confuse or mislead. exampleThe deliberate red herring threw me at first.
    • 1999, Jan Blackstone-Ford, The Custody Solutions Sourcebook - Page 196 "Jann, why does he hate me so much?" That question threw me. I was expecting a lunatic yelling profanities.
  9. (figuratively) To send desperately. exampleTheir sergeant threw the troops into pitched battle.
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  10. (transitive) To imprison. exampleThe magistrate ordered the suspect to be thrown into jail.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein The plot of Felix was quickly discovered, and De Lacey and Agatha were thrown into prison.
    • 1993, Margaret McKee, Fred Chisenhall, Beale black & blue: life and music on black America's main street - Page 30 The standard method of dealing with an addict was to arrest him, throw him into a cell, and leave him until the agonizing pangs of withdrawal were over.
  11. To organize an event, especially a party.
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    • 1979, Working Mother - July 1979 Page 72 Should you be interested, for whatever reason, it will tell you how to throw a party for your 40-year-old husband or your 100-year-old great-grandmother. It also describes games that can be played at various kinds of parties…
  12. To roll (a die or dice).
    • 1844, Samuel Laing translating Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla The kings came to the agreement between themselves that they would cast lots by the dice to determine who should have this property, and that he who threw the highest should have the district. The Swedish king threw two sixes, and said King Olaf need scarcely throw.
  13. (transitive) To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it.
    • 1844, Samuel Laing translating Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla The kings came to the agreement between themselves that they would cast lots by the dice to determine who should have this property, and that he who threw the highest should have the district. The Swedish king threw two sixes, and said King Olaf need scarcely throw.
  14. (transitive, bridge) To discard.
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  15. (martial arts) To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower.
  16. (transitive) To subject someone to verbally.
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  17. (transitive, said of animals) To give birth to.
    • 1916, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: Volume 49 At the end of the normal gestation period the cow threw two calf mummies as large as cats.
  18. (transitive, said of one's voice) To change in order to give the illusion that the voice is that of someone else.
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  19. (transitive) To show sudden emotion, especially anger.
    • 1991, Janet L. Davies, Ellen Hastings Janosik, Mental health and psychiatric nursing: a caring approach Bill runs into the kitchen and tells Dad that Erik is throwing a tantrum. He tells Bill to go back and watch his program and to ignore his brother. Fifteen minutes later, Erik is still screaming…
    • 1996, New York Magazine Vol. 29, No. 32 - 19 Aug 1996; Entertaining Mrs Stone In 1975, pregnant with the second of her three children, she threw a hissy fit to get on a trip to Boston for elected officials.
  20. (transitive) To project or send forth.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I, Warwick left the undertaker's shop and retraced his steps until he had passed the lawyer's office, toward which he threw an affectionate glance.
  21. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
    • Alexander Pope O'er his fair limbs a flowery vest he threw.
  22. To twist two or more filaments of (silk, etc.) so as to form one thread; to twist together, as singles, in a direction contrary to the twist of the singles themselves; sometimes applied to the whole class of operations by which silk is prepared for the weaver. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (cause an object to move rapidly through the air) bowl, bung, buzz, cast, catapult, chuck, dash, direct, fire, fling, flip, heave, hurl, launch, lob, pitch, project, propel, send, shoot, shy, sling, toss, whang, (eject or cause to fall off) eject, throw off, (move to another position) displace, relocate, See also
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  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. The act of throwing something.
  3. A distance travel; displace; as, the throw of the piston.
  4. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  5. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance. Football tickets are expensive at fifty bucks a throw.
etymology 2 From Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe, from Old English þrāwu, akin to Old English þrēa, þrōwan. More at throe.
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  1. Pain, especially pain associated with childbirth; throe. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  2. (veterinary) The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cow.
etymology 3 From Middle English, from Old English þrāh, þrāg. Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽〉.
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  1. (obsolete) A moment, time, occasion.
  2. (obsolete) A period of time; a while.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iv: Downe himselfe he layd / Vpon the grassie ground, to sleepe a throw; / The cold earth was his couch, the hard steele his pillow.
Synonyms: stound
etymology 4
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  1. misspelling of throe
  • worth
  • wroth
throw a sickie Alternative forms: chuck a sickie
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  1. (slang, UK, Australia, New Zealand) To take a day off from work for ill health (either real or feigned).
    • 1997, , Jello Salad, [http//|throws|throwing|threw+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22throw|throws|throwing|threw+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=gUEp_3Ued6&sig=o2gYXOgURL9TEfxBMP__a-wKd4Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4K-CUOyXAqaiiAfPnoC4DA&redir_esc=y page 49], Hogie said, “Listen, I′m throwing a sickie. I don′t need to be there until opening day tomorrow. The staff don′t arrive till then anyway so as long as I'm in early I can′t see a problem.”
    • 2005, Callum G. Brown, The Unconverted and the Conversion, Jan N. Bremmer, Wout J. van Bekkum, Arie L. Molendijk (editors), Paradigms, Poetics, and Politics of Conversion: Gender Relations in the Salvation Narrative in Britain: 1800-1960, [http//|throws|throwing|threw+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=GeCpN7S1am&sig=ANBv2jE7Wyq5isomYNitpnwHACo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J7mCUNmkFc-YiAe4iYCICQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22throw|throws|throwing|threw%20a%20sickie%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 190], It is like throwing a ‘sickie’ in Britain today — you can sign-off work on your own say-so for sick benefit for up to five days.
    • 2011, Gererd Dixie, The Ultimate Teaching Manual: A Route to Success for Beginning Teachers, [http//|throws|throwing|threw+a+sickie%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2mIotsQIQ1&sig=F_FTlrx66KrTEM9nl5La0oZaLqM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J7mCUNmkFc-YiAe4iYCICQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22throw|throws|throwing|threw%20a%20sickie%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 187], Do not ‘throw a sickie’ just because things get tough. Experience shows that running away from your problems will not solve anything.
throw away
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  1. (transitive) To discard (trash, garbage, or the like), to toss out, to put in the trash, to dispose of. He wanted to throw away the cup, but he couldn't find a trash can. Don't throw the newspaper away, it goes in the recycle bin!
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To waste, to squander. Voting for a third-party candidate sometimes feels like throwing your vote away. The team threw away its chance at the semifinals.
    • 1975, , “” (song), in (band), (album): Mama, life has just begun. / But now I've gone and thrown it all away.
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  3. (American football, slang) To intentionally throw an incomplete pass.
throw a wobbly
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To throw a tantrum.
throw chunks
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) To vomit
etymology 1 Literal.
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  1. (slang, wrestling) A fall, indicating defeat.
  2. (slang, rare) A weapon planted at a crime scene in order to mislead investigation, especially in situations where deadly force would only have been justified if the victim were armed. Also an untraceable weapon kept in readiness for such use.
  3. (slang, basketball) A slam dunk
etymology 2 Noun form of verb throw down, from earlier idiom throw down the gauntlet. Alternative forms: throw-down
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  1. (slang) A fight or brawl; or, a challenge or incitement to fight.
  2. (slang, Hip-hop) A performance by a rapper or DJ, intended to be particularly hardcore or intense. a Hip-hop throwdown
  3. (slang, hardcore punk music) A type of in which a person violently clears a space for himself and appears to be ready to fight those around him, while making violent and erratic movements with his body.
  • downthrow
throw down
etymology 1 Literal.
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  1. (transitive, literal sense) to cause something one is holding to drop, often forcefully. The soldiers threw down their weapons and surrendered.
etymology 2 US, popularized 1990s in street culture, from idiom throw down the gauntlet, used in sense “to fight, to incite a fight, to make a stand”. Sense of “accomplish something respectable” evolved from sense “to make a stand, to exhibit, to demonstrate (in a challenging way)” inherent in the fighting sense. Sense of “to make a contribution” likely influenced by sense “to make a stand”, as in “are you in?”, “will you stand up and contribute?”
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  1. (slang, idiomatic, transitive) to produce or perform (something) admirably or forcefully.
    • 2001, Dave Thompson, Funk, back cover: ...this guide tracks the artists and recordings that throw down the funk!
    • 2004, Kylie Adams, Ex-Girlfriends, page 48: “Punch up the rhymes. Throw down some beats. Show off that body. You'll be unstoppable.”
  2. (slang, idiomatic, intransitive) to fight, incite to fight, or approach with the intent to fight; to make a stand.
    • 2002, Lory Janelle Dance, Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling, page 60: Let's you and me 'throw down' right here, right now!
    • 2004, William Bowers, "I Think I'm Going to Hell", in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004, page 41: When someone near me at a show called the band My Boring Racket, I was ready to throw down, but for the good sense of an accompanying female...
    • 2004, , , page 59: Today's young and hip black male who fancies himself a radical, who is ready to throw down for the cause, is not talking about neo-colonialism, about global struggle.
    • 2006, Erick S. Gray, Nasty Girls: An Urban Novel, page 32: She said no words and was the first to throw down. She stepped up to Dee, and pow!
    • 2006, Sherman D. Manning, Blue-Eyed Blonde, page 345: The time has come. I'm ready to take action. I wanna kick ass and take names later. I wanna throw down, baby boy and baby girl.
  3. (slang, idiomatic, intransitive) (by extension) to accomplish or produce something in a grand, respectable, or successful manner; to "represent".
    • 1997, Richard C. Green, Soul: Black Power, Politics, and Pleasure, page 93: Yeah, they could literally throw down. When their sound came out, it was earth-shaking.
    • 1998, Sheila Copeland, Chocolate Star, page 260: “You're performing for the who's who of radio and records at the Soul Train Awards tonight and you've got to throw down”.
    • 2005, J. Anthony White, The Class Conscious Crew: S.W.A., page ?: ...she wouldn't mind marrying a man with some serious bank and able to sho-nuf throw-down in the bedroom!
  4. (slang, idiomatic, intransitive) to make an individual contribution to a group effort (e.g. money pool, collaborative record album) "We're goin' in on a pizza; you in?" "Yea, I'll throw down."
  5. (slang, idiomatic, intransitive) to drink a large amount of beer quickly. "We need to finish these five pitchers in half an hour, so throw down as fast as you can!"
related terms:
  • throwdown, throw-down
  • throw down the gauntlet
  • downthrow
throw-down etymology Evolved from the older idiom throw down the gauntlet. Alternative forms: throwdown
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  1. (slang) A fight or brawl; or, a challenge or incitement to fight.
    • 2006, October the 16th: as in , , chapter four: , 13th minute [speaking to his daughter]: Don’t think you’re getting away with the staying-out-all-night thing. [long pause] There’s gonna be a throw-down when I get home!
  2. (slang) A weapon planted at a crime scene in order to mislead investigation.
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  1. Someone who throw.
  2. Something that throw.
  3. (archaic) One who throws or twists silk; a throwster.
  4. (archaic) One who shape vessel on a throwing engine.
  5. (cricket) A bowler who illegally throws the ball instead of bowl it.
  6. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The pitcher.
  • rethrow
throwie etymology throw-up + ie
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  1. (slang) A throw-up; a piece of graffiti produced relatively quickly, generally with a single-colour outline and one layer of fill colour.
    • 2001, Free agents: a history of Washington, D.C. graffiti (page 71) Even more impressive is that at the same time, he kept D.C. locked with a steady flow of tags and throwies
    • 2009, Eric Felisbret, Luke Felisbret, James Prigoff, Graffiti New York (page 130) IN is legendary because until IZ, he had the most two-letter throwies in history.
throw shapes
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  1. (Irish, idiomatic, slang) To act tough or put up a front. For example, to threaten a person by making "karate chops" at them, without actually doing harm or knowing karate. []
  2. (Irish, idiomatic, slang) To dance. []
  • , Shapes (song), I'm counting on you to throw more than shapes.
throw smoke
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  1. (idiomatic, baseball, slang) To consistently pitch fastballs that are difficult to hit. He has been throwing smoke all game.
throw the book at etymology {{etystub}}
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  1. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To charge with or convict of as many crimes as possible.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To apply the harsh possible punishment to.
    • Will James, Cowboys north and south‎, page 95, 1926, “The judge, not weeping any, throws the book at him, which means he gives Bob the limit.”
throw up pronunciation
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: throw, up
  2. (now colloquial) To vomit. The baby threw up all over my shirt. That cat is always throwing up hairballs.
  3. To produce something new or unexpected. This system has thrown up a few problems.
  4. To cause something such as dust or water to rise into the air. The car wheels threw up a shower of stones.
  5. To erect, particularly hastily.
    • 2001, Diane Kennedy, Loop-Holes of the Rich: How the Rich Legally Make More Money & Pay Less Tax, Warner Books, ISBN 0446678325, page 70, In other words, a business can throw up a huge detour sign in the way of the government.
    • 2007, Marissa Monteilh, Dr. Feelgood, Kensington Books, ISBN 0758211228, page 27, The deal was that if anyone started catching feelings, he could throw up a stop sign and the other would honor it.
  6. To give up, abandon (something).
    • 2011, Alan Bennett, "Baffled at a Bookcase", London Review of Books, XXXIII.15: In 1944, believing, as people in Leeds tended to do, that flying bombs or no flying bombs, things were better Down South, Dad threw up his job with the Co-op and we migrated to Guildford.
  7. To display a gang sign using the hands
    • 2005, Brandon Bennett, Moon in Gemini, iUniverse, ISBN 059536442X, page 56, Why don't you go on and throw up ya gang sign. Represent your hood, homey?
Synonyms: (vomit) chuck up, hurl, upchuck (colloquial); vomit
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  1. (colloquial) Vomit.
    • We had to scrub the seats for throw up when we left the dog in the car.
Alternative forms: throwup, throw-up
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throw up the sponge etymology From a custom of the boxing ring, the person employed to sponge a pugilist between rounds throwing his sponge in the air in token of defeat.
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  1. (archaic, slang) To give up a contest; to acknowledge defeat; throw in the towel.
    • Lowell He was too brave a man to throw up the sponge to fate.
thru etymology American English; proposed as a phonetic and simplified spelling of through in 1839. pronunciation
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  1. (Canada, US, informal, possibly nonstandard) alternative spelling of through
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  2. (UK, rare, regional or dialectal) eye dialect of through
  • Thru is mostly used where the preposition through could be used (e.g. Monday thru Friday); it is less common as an adjective or adverb (I'm thru with the vacuuming). It is less used in formal situations, except in cases where brevity is wanted such as roadway signs or date ranges.
  • This spelling is not used in standard British English, though it can be found as an abbreviation – similar to thro' – and is recently becoming noticeable due to use by American-based companies. It may also be used as an eye dialect spelling in some regions.
    • Through is rarely used in any spelling to indicate ranges in British English; to, till{{,}} and until are used instead.
  • Thru is often used, in both American and British English, in professional drafting (5/8″ thru hole) to save space and simplify annotation on a drawing for fabrication or construction.
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  • breakthru
  • click-thru
  • drive-thru
  • see-thru
  • thru-hike
  • thruout
  • thruway
  • hurt, Ruth, ruth, Thur, thur
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  1. (British, informal, dated) threepence (in pre- or post-decimalisation currency)
thrush {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From a combination of Old English þrȳsce (from Proto-Germanic *þrūskijǭ) and Old English *þrēasce (attested in Anglian þrǣsce; from Proto-Germanic *þrauskǭ).
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  1. Any of several species of songbird of the family Turdidae, often with spotted underbellies such as the bluebird, nightingale, and American Robin have.
  2. (US, colloquial) A female singer.
etymology 2 Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Icelandic Þröstur þröstur, Danish trøske.
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  1. A fungal infection caused by Candida, now especially of the vagina; candidiasis.
Synonyms: candidiasis
thud etymology From Middle English thudden, from Old English þyddan, from Proto-Germanic *þuddijaną, *þiudijaną, from Proto-Germanic *þūhaną, *þeuhaną, from Proto-Indo-European *tūk-. Cognate with Old English þoddettan, Old English þȳdan, Old English þēowan, Albanian thundër . pronunciation
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  1. The sound of a dull impact.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 3 These were but the thoughts of a second, but the voices were nearer, and I heard a dull thud far up the passage, and knew that a man had jumped down from the churchyard into the hole.
  2. (US, military, dated slang) Republic jet ground attack fighter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make the sound of a dull impact.
    • H. F. Brown The waves break into spray, dash and rumble and thud below your feet.
Synonyms: (a dull sound, to make a dull sound) flump, plunk
coordinate terms:
  • clang, clash, crash
thugged out
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  1. (slang) Imitating a thug or gangster, especially in dress and accent.
thugocracy etymology thug + cracy (as in democracy) pronunciation
  • /θʌɡˈɑkɹəsi/
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  1. (slang) Government by a group of thugs.
thumb {{wikipedia}} {{picdic }} etymology From Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from Old English þūma, from Proto-Germanic *þūmô (compare Western Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, Low German Dumen, German Daumen, Danish tomme, Swedish tumme), from Proto-Indo-European *tūm- (compare Welsh tyfu, Latin tumēre, Albanian thumb, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek trtýmbos 'burial mound', Avestan trtūma 'strong', Sanskrit trtúmras 'strong, thick'). pronunciation
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  1. The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.
  2. (computing) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
  3. (colloquial, Internet) A thumbnail picture.
    • 2001, "Gary", Wanna See Porn? Take a Look At These (Free Expandable Thumbs) - CLICK HERE (on newsgroup
Synonyms: (digit) pollex, digit I, first digit (anatomy) ; thumby (colloquial)
  • (digit) digit, finger
  • (digit) opposable thumb
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  1. (transitive) To touch or cover with the thumb. to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon
  2. (transitive, with through) To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily. I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.
  3. (travel) To hitchhike So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.
  4. To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling.
    • Macaulay He gravely informed the enemy that all his cards had been thumbed to pieces, and begged them to let him have a few more packs.
Synonyms: (to turn pages) browse, leaf, page, peruse
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  1. (colloquial) Knitted hand or thumb mitts
  2. (slang) plural of thumby
thumbsucker etymology thumb + sucker, suggesting the ignorance of a thumb-sucking child who needs things explained.
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  1. (US, slang) A piece of serious journalism that explains the background of current events and interpret them.
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  1. (slang) A little thumb; diminutive term for thumb
Synonyms: pollex, thumb
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  1. dirtied by thumb marks
thumper pronunciation
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  1. One who thump.
  2. (slang) A single-cylinder engined motorcycle, especially those having a four-stroke engine or large engine displacement.
  3. A particular {{soplink}} wherein players must remember personal hand signs while being distracted by others' banging on a table.
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  1. (informal) Exceptional in some degree.
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  1. A dull, heavy sound.
    • 1941, Gladys Mitchell, When Last I Died There was nothing to be seen, but he could hear loud thumpings and bumpings which seemed to come from the back of the house.
  2. A beating. He received a thumping from the school bully.
    • 1824, William Craig Brownlee, A careful and free inquiry into the true nature and tendency of the religious principles of the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers And in our times, in Philadelphia, there have been specimens of violent shruggings of the shoulders, and brachial twitches, and prodigious wry faces, and thumpings on the pews.
  3. (sports) A heavy defeat.
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Synonyms: (heavy defeat) thrashing
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  1. present participle of thump
thumpingly etymology thumping + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With thump noises. He walked thumpingly up the stairs in his boots.
  2. (informal) Extremely.
    • 1994, Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons, page 169: It was a thumpingly tall ladder.
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  1. The sound of a heart beat.
  2. (childish) A heart.
thunderation etymology An Americanism around 1830 to 1840 from thunder and -ation.
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  1. (US, colloquial) An exclamation of surprise, agitation or petulance. Thunderation! I've lost my glasses!
related terms:
  • in thunderation
thunderbox etymology thunder + box
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  1. (historical) A close-stool, a stool enclosing a chamber pot.
  2. (UK, Australia, slang) A rudimentary outside toilet.
    • 1974 June 13, Donald Gould, A groundling′s notebook: Ice Waterloo, , [http//|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=xbIcrHdvK-&sig=bBxrOSBql6hqRtDI2fGDbo9ojas&hl=en&sa=X&ei=706DUImED-iSiAfi_4D4AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thunderbox%22|%22thunderboxes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 708], Meantime the ICE experts are poring over their photographs, and making measurements, which, presumably, will go into a computer, and out will come the specification for the perfect thunderbox.
    • 1979, , Volume 100, [http//|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22thunderbox%22|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=q3JMUSbWr8&sig=lxv_JfEFjzytcKuIubI1m6cNQbE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o36DUOHoB8mOiAe-uoCICg&redir_esc=y page 35], In the old days, when there was a corrugated iron thunderbox, the Holts′ guests were told to approach it with caution: where other thunderboxes had redback spiders, the local ones tended to have taipans.
    • 2004, Jayne Seagrave, Camping With Kids: The Best Campgrounds in British Columbia and Alberta, [http//|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=6zZIGWJGl4&sig=TGid6pz9Vv7wwXOxaYMLiUYi9lM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o36DUOHoB8mOiAe-uoCICg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thunderbox%22|%22thunderboxes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 20], The first are the pit toilets — “thunderboxes” — boxes painted white inside, centrally located in various sections of the campground. The second type of toilet looks like a thunderbox but houses an odour-free flushing toilet.
    • 2005, Benedict le Vay, Eccentric Britain, 2nd: The Bradt Guide to Britain′s Follies and Foibles, [http//|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=AG2o5EKMb3&sig=JM632xzp6PH-h1dvwCEqkrpwJhY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=o36DUOHoB8mOiAe-uoCICg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thunderbox%22|%22thunderboxes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 57], He boobytrapped the ‘thunderbox’ and the next guardsman who sat down was met by a deafening blast. The guardsman and plastic loo seat were hurled one way, the loo paper another, but there were no injuries.
    • 2007, Shelley Birse, Blue Water High, Pan Macmillan Australia, [http//|%22thunderboxes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=nYWzdIh_eA&sig=tqmNIuiNsdJv2mC0S-CDsvJsh80&hl=en&sa=X&ei=706DUImED-iSiAfi_4D4AQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22thunderbox%22|%22thunderboxes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 230], And finally he pointed to an old thunderbox and shovel. ‘Our toilet block.’ Everyone except Fly stared at that old thunderbox like it was from Mars.
Synonyms: (close-stool) commode, (outhouse) dunny (Australian)
thundercunt etymology thunder + cunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, vulgar, slang) An extremely objectionable person.
    • 2009, Stuart Smith, The Mad Ramblings of a Monkey: The Nefarious Project (Dorrance Publishing, ISBN 9781434900975), “Understanding Each Other”, ‘Idiot Savant, or Just Idiot’, pages 4–5
    • 2004, Hannibal King in the film Blade Trinity: Whether it be good or bad, I guarantee you I will have no problems calling you a cock-juggling thundercunt.

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