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thing

noun (ANYTHING/EVERYTHING)    /θɪŋ/
a thing B1 [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.Something, anything, nothing, and everything not a (single) thing B2 not anything: After the guests had gone, there wasn't a thing left to eat.Something, anything, nothing, and everything not have a thing to wear B1 (also have 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.Wearing clothes 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.Something, anything, nothing, and everything Grammar:Thing and stuffSee moreGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.See moreGrammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.See more
(Definition of thing noun (ANYTHING/EVERYTHING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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