thing

1
[ thing ]
/ θɪŋ /

noun

Idioms for thing

Origin of thing

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

thing1
/ (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 the thing (2 of 2)

thing2
/ (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 the thing (1 of 2)

the thing

Also, the in thing. Something in style or vogue, the latest trend. For example, Wearing oversized clothes is the thing these days, or Vans and sports utility vehicles have been the in thing for some time now. The first term dates from the mid-1700s; the second, which uses in in the sense of “popular,” dates from the mid-1900s. Also see the latest.

Idioms and Phrases with the 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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