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thing/ˈθɪŋ/noun
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thing
/ˈθɪŋ/
noun
pluralthings
Learner's definition of THING  
[count] 
: an object whose name is not known or stated
   b  : an object, animal, quality, etc., of any kind
   c  : a particular event, occurrence, or situation
things [plural]  : objects that belong to a person : personal possessions or belongings
things [plural]  : objects that are used for a particular activity
[count]  : an action that is done, that will be done, or that needs to be done — sometimes used to say that one action is more serious, difficult, or important than another.
[count] 
: an activity
   b  informal  : an activity that is done by a particular group of people
   c  US, informal  : an activity and everything that is related to it — usually singular
   d  informal  : an activity that someone enjoys or does well — usually singular
things [plural]  : the conditions that exist at a particular time and in a particular place
[count]  : a fact or piece of information about something or someone
[count]  : a thought, idea, or opinion
[singular]  : a reason for something
[singular] 
10  : a goal or purpose
   b  : a way of reaching or achieving a goal
11  [count]informal  — used for a person, animal, or object that causes strong feelings of affection or dislike in you
12  [count]informal  : a strong feeling of liking or disliking something or someone — usually singular — used with have
the thing 
13  : the item that is the most fashionable or popular
   b  : the fashionable or proper way of behaving, talking, or dressing

all/other things being equal

formal
— used to say what should happen or be true if two situations, products, etc., are different in a specified way but not in other ways

all things to all people/men

: a person or thing that makes all people happy by giving them what they want or need

amount to the same thing

◊ If two or more things amount to the same thing, there is very little difference between them.

a thing

: anything — used in negative statements

a thing or two

informal
: some useful information

at the center of things

— see 1center

be hearing things

— see hear

chance would be a fine thing

— see 1chance

first thing

— see 1first

first things first

— see 1first

have another thing coming

informal
— used to say that someone is wrong or mistaken

just the thing

: the thing that is most likely to be helpful

last thing

— see 2last

make a big thing

informal
◊ If you make a big thing (out) of (something) or make a big thing about (something), you act as if something is very important or serious when it is not.

no such thing

— used to say that a particular person, object, etc., does not really exist — often + as
— used to say that you did not say or do something that someone believes or says you did

of all things

— used to emphasize that the thing you are referring to is the thing you would least expect

one of those things

informal
— used to refer to a bad or unfortunate experience that happened and to say that such experiences happen to everyone

one thing after another

— used to complain about the large number of bad or unfortunate events that happen to someone

push things

— see 1push

see things

— see 1see

sure thing

— see 1sure

the real thing

: something that is genuine and not a copy or imitation : something that is truly valuable or important

(what) with one thing and another

informal
— used to say that you have been very busy doing or dealing with many things
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