thick and thin


: every difficulty and obstacle
used especially in the phrase through thick and thin
was loyal through thick and thin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thank you @SpeakerPelosi for your dedication, creativity, and leadership that has guided @HouseDemocrats through thick and thin. Greg Cannella, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 Instead much of it is coming from people who had supported Mr. Trump through thick and thin. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Playing with joy became this team’s M.O., and its chemistry was evident on and off the field through thick and thin. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2022 Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid have stuck together through thick and thin. Jamie Ballard, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2022 For many in the UK at least, the Queen remained a unifying figure through thick and thin, embodying the British stiff upper lip and devotion to duty that carried them through the deprivations of the second world war. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 And therein seems to lie the essence of this special group of women who have stuck together with each other through thick and thin for 67 years. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2022 No celebrity initially spent more time wasting away at Heat games, through the thick and thin of the early years, than the lead Parrothead. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2022 The best way to do that is to find strong businesses and stick with them through thick and thin. WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thick and thin was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thick and thin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

thick and thin


: every difficulty and problem
was loyal through thick and thin
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