Tom, Dick, and Harry

Origin of Tom, Dick, and Harry

First recorded in 1805–15
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Everyman, Everywoman

British Dictionary definitions for tom, dick, and harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, or Harry

noun
  1. an ordinary, undistinguished, or common person (esp in the phrases every Tom, Dick, and Harry; any Tom, Dick, or Harry)
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tom, dick, and harry in Culture

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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