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Tom, Dick, and Harry

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noun
the ordinary person; people generally; everyone: They invited every Tom, Dick, and Harry to the party.
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Origin of Tom, Dick, and Harry

First recorded in 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, or Harry


noun
an ordinary, undistinguished, or common person (esp in the phrases every Tom, Dick, and Harry; any Tom, Dick, or Harry)
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Cultural definitions for Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

A phrase referring to randomly chosen people: “I asked you to keep my plans secret, but you've told them to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.”

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