thanks to


On account of, because of, as in Thanks to your help, we'll be done on time. This phrase alludes to gratitude being due to someone or something. It is also put negatively, no thanks to, meaning “without the benefit of help from,” as in We finally found your house, no thanks to the confusing map you drew. This usage, first recorded in 1633, is about a hundred years older than the first term, recorded only in 1737.

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How to use thanks to in a sentence

  • And who more worthy to preside over such a gospel than the chairman to whom I ask you to return your thanks to-day?

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  • See how I have decked her for her sacrifice of thanks to-day!

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