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Through thick and thin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Through thick and thin through all obstacles and difficulties, both great and small.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Through thick and thin in spite of all obstacles, without any wavering
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thicce; cog. with Ger. dick.

Usage

In literature:

His life depended on his standing by them through thick and thin.
"'Laramie;'" by Charles King
My mistress will say it was my fault, and she will stand by the gray satans through thick and thin.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
I am going to stick by Rube through thick and thin.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
I am going to stand up for him through thick and thin.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
But little Pomiuk through thick and thin was the joyous life of the party.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
I'll stand by ye through thick and thin.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Get a good woman and stick to her, through thick and thin, at all hazards and at any cost.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
You all know that I'm not the fellow to back a master through thick and thin.
"Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes
And Aleck, we're going to stand by you through thick and thin!
"The Boy Scouts in the Rockies" by Herbert Carter
We call ourselves 'The Clan', and each is pledged to back the others up through thick and thin, whatever happens.
"A Fourth Form Friendship" by Angela Brazil
He sticks to your cause and will do so through thick and thin.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
We sticks together through thick and thin.
"Blind Policy" by George Manville Fenn
They cheated her through thick and thin, and some gentlemen had to interfere, and break up the household for her, poor old lady!
"Under the Mendips" by Emma Marshall
If I had been Adam, I would have stuck to Eve through thick and thin.
"Her Royal Highness Woman" by Max O'Rell
Happiness in matrimony is more solid when it is founded on friendship through thick and thin than when it is merely on love.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
You promised to stand by me through thick and thin.
"A Rose of a Hundred Leaves" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I want you to love me, Ruth, well enough to go through thick and thin with me, to believe in me and fight for me to the last drop.
"The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold" by Margaret Vandercook
You all know that I am not the fellow to back a master through thick and thin.
"Tom Brown at Rugby" by Thomas Hughes
I'd stick to anybody through thick and thin.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
For several years Gray pushed his devious course, through "thick and thin," sustaining himself chiefly by his teaching.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
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In poetry:

Adam Smith
Was disowned by all his kith,
But he was backed through thick and thin
By all his kin.
"Clerihew – Smith" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
So three doors off, the chaise was stay’d,
Where they did all get in;
Six precious souls, and all agog
To dash through thick and thin.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Thus my chaste Muse reluctant stands,
Extremely loth to soil her hands;
And leaves me to the powers within,
Like Swift, to wade through thick and thin.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton
The hag is astride
This night for to ride,
The devil and she together;
Through thick and through thin,
Now out and then in,
Though ne'er so foul be the weather.
"The Hag" by Robert Herrick
"Stick to each other through thick and thin;
All the closer as age leaks in;
Squalls will blow and clouds will frown,
But stay by your ship till you all go down!"
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Although the actresses have been best friends through thick and thin since the 1994 debut of, er, Friends on NBC, they haven't been photographed together in nearly a year.
But there is one who has been there through thick and thin for the last 20 years, whether she liked it or not.
Caps' Ted Leonsis believes in Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green, through thick and thin ice.
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Gravy through thick and thin.
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Husband and wife team have nurtured business through thick and thin.
The Torchmate CNC X table cuts through thick or thin plate using plasma or oxy-fuel with power, speed and accuracy, the company says.
Janet Jackson's fans have loved her through thick and thin.
Through thick and thin, Austin's Coffee's open mic nights carry a lovely tune.
For over five years, Jennifer Elias stuck by love Chaz Bono through thick and thin.
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In science:

Such an current density can be achieved by passing 0.1Amp of current through a superconducting thin film of 10µm wide and 0.01µm thick.
Electromagnetic response of high-Tc superconductors -- the slave-boson and doped-carrier theories
The straw type of preference is the Lamina-thin one because this straw has the least amount of material (smallest wall thickness) which means a minimal probability of photon conversion and multiple scattering of particles passing through the CDC.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
In the rest of this paper, we only consider the optically thick spectral component of the jet – while optically thin synchrotron emission may extend through the optical, UV and X-ray bands (e.g.
Near-infrared synchrotron emission from the compact jet of GX339-4
Individual clouds should collide inelastically and a torus would quickly deflate. A more plausible alternative (eg Sanders et al. 1989) is that there is a locally thin, though strongly warped disk, where the thickness is maintained through the marginal growth of gravitational instabilities.
X-ray astronomy in the new Millenium. A Summary
Born approximation and lens-lens coupling The lensing theory developed in Section 1 assumes the lens can be pro jected onto a single plane, and therefore that the ray-tracing through a thick lens is equivalent to a thin lens appropriately weighted.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
Comparison of the function sinc kx (blue thick curve) and − sin kx (red thin curve) describing a superposition of converging and diverging spherical waves and a plane wave, respectively, along an axis passing through the focal point.
Gouy phase for full-aperture spherical and cylindrical waves
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