one thing after another

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of one thing after another

used to complain about the large number of bad or unfortunate events that happen to someone
  • It's one thing after another with him. Now he's in jail for drunk driving.

Word by Word Definitions

thing play
  1. : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated

  2. : an inanimate object distinguished from a living being

  3. : a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entity

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part

another play
  1. : different or distinct from the one first considered

  2. : some other

  3. : being one more in addition to one or more of the same kind

  1. : an additional one of the same kind : one more

  2. : one that is different from the first or present one

  3. : one of a group of unspecified or indefinite things


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