the thing

noun

Definition of the thing

1 : the item that is the most fashionable or popular Long skirts are the thing to wear this season. It's the newest/latest thing in fashion.
2 : the fashionable or proper way of behaving, talking, or dressing It's the thing this year to buy products made from recycled materials.
3 : the reason for something OK, here's the thing: I don't have enough money to go to college. I'm sorry I didn't call you. The thing is, I've been really busy with work and school.

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“The thing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20thing. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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