thing

1
[ thing ]
/ θɪŋ /

noun

Idioms

Origin of thing

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before 900; Middle English; Old English: originally, “meeting”; see thing2
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British Dictionary definitions for do one's thing (1 of 2)

thing

1
/ (θɪŋ) /

noun


Word Origin for thing

Old English thing assembly; related to Old Norse thing assembly, Old High German ding assembly

British Dictionary definitions for do one's thing (2 of 2)

thing

2
/ (θɪŋ, tɪŋ) /

noun

(often capital) a law court or public assembly in the Scandinavian countriesAlso: ting

Word Origin for thing

C19: from Old Norse thing assembly (the same word as thing 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with do one's thing (1 of 2)

do one's thing

Also, do one's own thing. Pursue one's interests or inclination; do what one does best or enjoys the most. For example, I really give him credit for doing his thing and not being discouraged by what the critics say, or Phyllis is busy doing her own thing, running the magazine and publishing books. Although this colloquialism became closely associated with the counterculture of the 1960s, it is actually much older. In one of his essays (1841) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “But do your thing and I shall know you.” However, it came into wide use only during the mid-1900s.


Idioms and Phrases with do one's thing (2 of 2)

thing

In addition to the idiom beginning with thing

  • thing or two
  • things are looking up

also see:

  • all the rage (thing)
  • all things to all men
  • amount to the same thing
  • do one's thing
  • first thing
  • first things first
  • for one (thing)
  • get (a thing) going
  • get into the swing of things
  • greatest thing since sliced bread
  • have a good thing going
  • have a thing about
  • just one of those things
  • know all the answers (a thing or two)
  • little knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • near thing
  • no such thing
  • not know beans (the first thing)
  • of all things
  • other things being equal
  • seeing things
  • sure thing
  • the latest (thing)
  • the thing
  • the thing is
  • too much of a good thing
  • very thing

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