thick and thin


Definition of thick and thin

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

Examples of thick and thin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White, flat, and similar in looks to cornflakes, poha, which comes in thick and thin varieties, is tasteless. Annada Rathi, Bon Appétit, "There’s No Need to Ask Me What’s for Breakfast—It’s Always Kande Pohe," 2 Sep. 2020 Anyone worth knowing will stick with you through thick and thin. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 22, 2020: Happy birthday James Corden; Aquarius, be sensible with money," 22 Aug. 2020 This map of the early universe shows almost imperceptibly thick and thin spots rippling through the cosmos. Quanta Magazine, "An Alternative to Dark Matter Passes Critical Test," 28 July 2020 Shelton Ervin has been at Summer Creek High School through the thick and thin. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Ervin brothers hope to lead Summer Creek back to state after coronavirus setback," 13 July 2020 The weekly comedy show has lasted through the thick and thin of comedic skits and is marking its 45th season. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How funny are the women on ‘Saturday Night Live’?," 23 June 2020 Through thick and thin the bearded tycoon has hustled on, armed with a high-profile brand and a cheesy perma-grin. The Economist, "Virgin looks for help," 13 June 2020 My family had always been my closest friends and biggest supporters, through thick and thin. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Schock admission: 'I am gay'," 5 Mar. 2020 But there was one college that stuck with him, through thick and thin. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Ennis Rakestraw Jr. caps recruiting rise by signing with Missouri, sending Tigers’ coaches in a frenzy in must-see video," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of thick and thin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Thick and thin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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