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thanks to

On account of; due to; because of. Thanks to John and his team, we managed to get the project finished on time. The bill was passed in congress, thanks to a handful of senators willing to cross party lines to support it.
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thanks to someone or something

due to someone or something; because of someone or something. (This does not necessarily suggest gratitude.) Thanks to the storm, we have no electricity. Thanks to Mary, we have tickets to the game. She bought them early before they were sold out.
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thanks to

On account of, because of, as in Thanks to your help, we'll be done on time. This phrase alludes to gratitude being due to someone or something. It is also put negatively, no thanks to, meaning "without the benefit of help from," as in We finally found your house, no thanks to the confusing map you drew. This usage, first recorded in 1633, is about a hundred years older than the first term, recorded only in 1737.
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thanks to somebody/something

(sometimes ironic) because of somebody/something: We won the game thanks to a lot of hard work from everyone in the team.We lost the match, thanks to a few silly mistakes.

thanks to

On account of; because of: "Thanks to a variety of domestic political changes, by the 1440s the Chinese had withdrawn from participation in the wider world" (Lincoln P. Paine).
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Thanks to Reverend Barry Jacques for a lovely Service and to J E Hackett & Sons for all care given.
Thanks to staff of A&E and Ward 17, Wansbeck General Hospital for the care given.
Thanks to the great gray owls that came down from Canada last winter to offer birdwatchers like me beauty in the snow.
Starting off, Thanks to Associate Editor Peter Durkin, for a look at the remarkable fan craftsmanship of Patrick Scott (Navajo).
Our thanks to John Herson and the International Tax Committee's vice chairs for their excellent work on this year's offering.
Acknowledgement of them and thanks to them is ongoing and featured on a convention program page in this Journal.
Thanks to 18-year-old Gonzales, who was born with birth defects so severe the doctors told his parents, Trinidad and Alicia Gonzales, that their son would probably not live to see his first birthday.
Thanks to the doctors at Tanfield View Surgery and the staff at Dixon and Hall Chemist.
Heartfelt thanks to University Hospital, Walsgrave, especially Mr Pamar, Dr Tom Barker, day and night Nursing Staff who treated Sean and us with such care and compassion.
Special thanks to Yardley Grange Nursing Home for all their care and kindness.
Special thanks to sister Elizabeth for a lovely service, also Sean who spoke highly of the life and times of our dear Dad and Dave for doing the reading.
Special thanks to staff on Ward 4 and Ward 17 Wansbeck General Hospital for all their care during this sad time.
A grateful thanks to Matron and Staff at Hawthorn Lodge for their care and kindness.
And thanks to entertainers Bob Hope and Johnny Grant, who went into every war zone from World War II to Beirut with the USO to bring some needed laughs to our troops, and a message from home.