thick and thin


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

Examples of thick and thin in a Sentence

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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 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

thick and thin

: every difficulty and problem
was loyal through thick and thin
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