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a thing

1. A complicated situation; something that causes a dispute. A: "Ugh, I forgot to invite Penny to the party, and now it's a whole thing." B: "Oh man. Is she mad at you?" Please tell me this isn't going to be a thing between us. Can we just forget about it?
2. A popular, significant, or well-known entity or person. Elizabethtown came out in the early 2000s, back when Orlando Bloom was a thing.
3. A romantic couple. Are Jack and Anna a thing again? I thought they broke up.
4. A phenomenon that is (at least somewhat) widely recognized and/or practiced. Yep, mom jeans are a thing now in the fashion world. Is stealthing really a thing? Wow, modern society is truly awful.
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thing

n. one’s interest; one’s bag. This isn’t exactly my thing, but I’ll give it a try.
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References in classic literature ?
That will show which is the front end of the Thing," said he, greatly pleased with the idea.
The Thing is now complete, and only needs to be brought to life.
Things that sound contradictory should be examined by the same rules as in dialectical refutation whether the same thing is meant, in the same relation, and in the same sense.
The only thing that could excuse vivisection to me would be some application--"
He was fighting, tearing at a live thing that was striking at him.
That in the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth.
What persuadeth the living thing to obey, and command, and even be obedient in commanding?
Our second plan is first to collect together all the aspects which he presents successively to a given spectator, and then to do the same thing for the other spectators, thus forming a set of series instead of a series of sets.
Strictly speaking, only the things which I have mentioned belong to the category of quantity: everything else that is called quantitative is a quantity in a secondary sense.
There are a great many people--and a great many things, too--over here that I should like to perform that operation upon.
The law would say that to be patient under suffering is best, and that we should not give way to impatience, as there is no knowing whether such things are good or evil; and nothing is gained by impatience; also, because no human thing is of serious importance, and grief stands in the way of that which at the moment is most required.
Now I wanted nothing but a boat to furnish myself with many things which I foresaw would be very necessary to me.
I had made a pipe a while back, and also some pretty fair tobacco; not the real thing, but what some of the Indians use: the inside bark of the willow, dried.
In the first place then, some one may doubt whether the getting of money is the same thing as economy, or whether it is a part of it, or something subservient to it; and if so, whether it is as the art of making shuttles is to the art of weaving, or the art of making brass to that of statue founding, for they are not of the same service; for the one supplies the tools, the other the matter: by the matter I mean the subject out of which the work is finished, as wool for the cloth and brass for the statue.
Then the boys took to it, which was the same thing for it as getting into the hands and mouths of all the devils of hell; and braying spread from one town to another in such a way that the men of the braying town are as easy to be known as blacks are to be known from whites, and the unlucky joke has gone so far that several times the scoffed have come out in arms and in a body to do battle with the scoffers, and neither king nor rook, fear nor shame, can mend matters.