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thing

noun
 
 
/θɪŋ/
OBJECT [C] A1 used to refer to an object without saying its name: How do I switch this thing off? I need to get a few things in town.Objects - general wordsSomething, anything, nothing, and everything
PERSON [C] B2 used to refer to a person or animal when you are expressing your feelings towards them: You look tired, you poor thing. He's spending three months in Barbados, lucky thing!Something, anything, nothing, and everything
IDEA [C] A2 used to refer to an idea, event, or activity: I can't believe Nick would say such a thing! Meeting Nina was the best thing that's ever happened to me.Topics and areas of interestSomething, anything, nothing, and everything
for one thing used to give a reason for something: You can't give Amy that shirt - for one thing it's too small for her.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reasonDefining and explainingMotives and reasons
the thing is informal B2 used to introduce a problem that relates to something that you have just said: I'd love to go out tonight, but the thing is, I've got to finish my report.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings
a thing B1 used instead of 'anything' in order to emphasize what you are saying: I haven't got a thing to wear!Something, anything, nothing, and everything
have a thing about sth/sb informal to like or dislike something or someone very much: He's got a thing about blonde women.LikingNot liking
it's a good thing informal B2 If it is a good thing that something happened, it is lucky that it happened: [+ (that)] It's a good thing that Jo was there to help you.Chance and randomness
first/last thing informal at the beginning/end of the day: I'll phone him first thing and tell him I can't come. She likes a glass of milk last thing at night.EarlyLate
be sb's thing informal If an activity or subject is someone's thing, they are very interested in it and like doing it: Jogging's just not my thing - I prefer team sports.Topics and areas of interestExcited, interested and enthusiastic
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