thick and thin

noun

Definition of thick and thin

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

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Through thick and thin your heart was a lighthouse of kindness. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Neal Casal, a former guitarist for The Cardinals who played with Willie Nelson, dies at 50," 27 Aug. 2019 Some animals stick with each other through thick and thin, but others are—literally—fair-weather friends, abandoning their buddies from other species when the dry season dries up food resources. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Animal friendships change with the weather in African savanna," 6 Aug. 2019 With 10 years of friendship under their belts, the Jersey Shore stars support each other through thick and thin. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Jersey Shore: The Roomies Surprise Mike with a Junk Food Feast the Day After His Sentencing," 17 July 2019 Its mission, after all, is simply to spread the gospel of johnny cakes and to preserve a beloved local tradition, though thick and thin. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "At Gray’s Grist Mill, they’re feeding tradition," 10 July 2019 Take time to appreciate those who have stood behind you through thick and thin as true buddies are truly golden. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 27, 2019: Capriocorn, let someone else grab the reins; Libra, stay in the neutral zone," 27 June 2019 Rhoda also leaves two lifelong friends, Ms. Gladys Glover of Wilmington, DE and Ms. Lena Carter of Windsor, CT, who have been there with her through thick and thin. courant.com, "Rhoda Ann Morris," 16 June 2019 Through thick and thin, come hell or high water, our patient, refreshingly sane neighbors to the north still like us. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018 What would happen if the thick and thin lines in the configurations were swapped? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Evolutionary Math and Just-So Stories’," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of thick and thin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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