the thing is Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"the thing is" in British English

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the thing is

B2 informal used to ​introduce an ​explanation or an ​excuse: The thing is, my ​parents like me to be ​home by ten o'clock. The thing is, the ​shopsclose early on Sundays. used to ​emphasize the ​importance of what you are saying: The thing is to ​keep a good ​distance from the ​car in ​front of you, when you're ​driving in ​snow.
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the thing is" in American English

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the thing is

infmlthis is the ​subject you have to ​consider: The thing is, my ​carbroke down, so how can I ​drive?
(Definition of the thing is from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the thing is”
in Chinese (Simplified) 问题是, 要紧的是…
in Chinese (Traditional) 問題是, 要緊的是…
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