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the thing

Also, the in thing. Something in style or vogue, the latest trend. For example, Wearing oversized clothes is the thing these days, or Vans and sports utility vehicles have been the in thing for some time now. The first term dates from the mid-1700s; the second, which uses in in the sense of "popular," dates from the mid-1900s. Also see the latest.
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References in classic literature ?
Perhaps, after the Thing is brought to life, it can use a tail to steer with," suggested the Scarecrow.
There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary, and he taught the thing to read, or at least to pick out letters, and gave him some rudimentary ideas of morality; but it seems the beast's habits were not all that is desirable.
Then there were the pebbles and stones that turned under him when he trod upon them; and from them he came to know that the things not alive were not all in the same state of stable equilibrium as was his cave--also, that small things not alive were more liable than large things to fall down or turn over.
It is single-foot" (he meant that there was only one man), "and the weight of the thing has pressed his heel far into the ground.
But the thing that had been sitting at the table was gone.
Love, socialism, the PEOPLE-- healthful figments of man's mind--were the things that cured and saved me.
So soon as they've settled all our guns and ships, and smashed our railways, and done all the things they are doing over there, they will begin catching us systematic, pick- ing the best and storing us in cages and things.
On his making the usual sign the ape mounted on his left shoulder and seemed to whisper in his ear, and Master Pedro said at once, "The ape says that the things you saw or that happened to you in that cave are, part of them false, part true; and that he only knows this and no more as regards this question; but if your worship wishes to know more, on Friday next he will answer all that may be asked him, for his virtue is at present exhausted, and will not return to him till Friday, as he has said.
Of course I have myself made up all the things you say.
Helen meanwhile stitched at her embroidery and thought over the things they had said.
Yes, but then I HAD done the things I was punished for,' said Alice: 'that makes all the difference.
Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: `it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.
He merely seemed to possess it because he was indifferent to many of the things which moved other people.
I cannot tell, can only hint, the things that darted through me then.
There were other trees in the garden, and one of the things which made the place look strangest and loveliest was that climbing roses had run all over them and swung down long tendrils which made light swaying curtains, and here and there they had caught at each other or at a far-reaching branch and had crept from one tree to another and made lovely bridges of themselves.