Tom, Dick, and Harry


Tom, Dick, and Har·​ry ˌtäm-ˌdik-ən(d)-ˈher-ē How to pronounce Tom, Dick, and Harry (audio)
plural Toms, Dicks, and Harrys
often disparaging
: the common man : anyone
often used with every
helps every Tom, Dick, and Harry in need

Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Tom, Dick, and Harry was in 1805

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“Tom, Dick, and Harry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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