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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms T, page 7

Idioms T, page 7:  from:   'through thick and thin'   to:   'three cheers'

  • (through) thick and thin
    • If someone supports another person through thick and thin, they do it in spite of any difficulties or problems encountered.
      "Bob is famous today, but Tom is still his best friend, the one who stood by him through thick and thin."

  • thin end of the wedge
    • To refer to an event or action as the thin end of the wedge means that it is thought to be the beginning of something that will become more serious.
      "According to the media, today's outsourcing is just the thin end of the wedge."

  • a thin line
    • When there is a thin (or fine) line between feeling or situations, there is a point where it is difficult to distinguish between them.
      "There's a thin line between showing concern and being indiscreet - so don't overdo it! "

  • thin on the top
    • If someone, usually a man, is thin on the top, they are losing their hair or going bald.
      "Dad's gone a bit thin on the top in the last few years."

  • thing of the past
    • Something which no longer exists or is rarely used today is a thing of the past.
      "Few people use video cassettes today - they've become a thing of the past."

  • things are looking up
    • To say that things are looking up means that the situation is improving and you feel more positive about the future.
      "Andy has got two job interviews next week so things are looking up."

  • think again
    • If you tell someone to think again, you advise them to reconsider the situation and perhaps change their decision.
      "Your apartment is well located; you should think again before selling it."

  • think better of it
    • If you think better of something, you decide not to do something that you intended to do.
      "I wanted to go shopping, but when I saw the crowded car park I thought better of it."

  • think on your feet
    • A person who thinks on their feet is capable of adjusting rapidly to new developments and making quick decisions.
      "Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case."

  • think outside the box
    • People who think outside the box try to find innovative ideas or solutions, or new ways of doing things.
      "Our competitors are more creative than us - they really think outside the box!"

  • think the sun rises and sets on someone
    • If you consider someone to be the most wonderful person in the world, you think the sun rises and sets on them.
      "She adores her husband - she thinks the sun rises and sets on him!"

  • think the world of
    • If you think the world of someone, you like or admire them very much.
      "She's a wonderful grandmother - the children think the world of her."

  • thinly veiled
    • If something such as a feeling or reaction is thinly veiled, it is barely hidden.
      "His disappointment was thinly veiled when he saw what he had won."

  • third time lucky
    • This expression is used to express the hope that after twice failing to achieve something, the third attempt will be successful.
      "Our team has been defeated twice in the final. This is our third attempt, and let’s hope it'll be a case of third time lucky ! "

  • thorn in your side
    • If you say that someone is a thorn in your side, you mean that they continually irritate or annoy you.
      "Jane finds her mother-in-law very irritating, a real thorn in her side!"

  • three cheers
    • When people give three cheers (for someone or something), they give three shouts to show joy, appreciation or congratulations. One person in the group says 'hip, hip' and the others then shout 'hooray'.
      "What a team! Three cheers for the captain!. Hip hip hooray! (or 'hip, hip, hurray!").

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