a thingB1[S]›used instead of 'anything' or 'everything' to emphasize what you are saying: Don't worry about a thing (= anything). I'll take care of it.not a (single) thingB2not anything: After the guests had gone, there wasn't a thing left to eat.not have a thing to wearB1(alsohave nothing to wear)humorous›to have no clothes that are suitable for an occasion: I'm going to a wedding on Saturday and I don't have a thing to wear.there isn't a thing you can do›you cannot do anything: He broke his promise and there wasn't a thing we could do about it.
Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.
by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,