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thread and thrum

A combination of good and bad. "Thrum" are the bits of thread left on the loom after a finished item has been removed. I know you're disappointed with your minor role in the play, but at least you get to act—you have to accept the thread and thrum.
See also: and, thread

thread the needle

1. To insert thread through the eye of a needle. You'll need to thread the needle before you can start sewing.
2. To pass something through a narrow space between two things. The quarterback really threaded the needle with that pass between two defenders.
3. A children's game in which the participants stand in a line and hold hands. The person at the end of the line then ducks under the others' linked arms, pulling the rest of the line along with him or her. Come on, we're playing thread the needle!
See also: needle, thread

common thread

An idea or theme that is consistently present in several different areas or things. What is the common thread in these three novels?
See also: common, thread

pick up the threads (of something)

1. To begin doing something again after it had previously been stopped or on hiatus. The author states that the novel is an attempt to pick up the threads of an unfinished manuscript found in his late father's desk drawer.
2. To try to return something to normal after a very bad experience interrupts it. We've all been trying to pick up the threads of our lives after the economic crash.
See also: pick, thread, up

hang by a thread

To be perilously close to failing, dying, or resulting in a bad outcome. After the loss, their chances of getting into the championships are hanging by a thread. Her life hung by a thread as medics rushed her to the hospital.
See also: hang, thread

lose the thread

To stop understanding or following something, such as an explanation, because one has become distracted or confused. Sorry, can you back up? I lost the thread when you started talking about genes. I think this writer is trying to intentionally make us lose the thread so that the story becomes disorienting.
See also: lose, thread

thread (one's) way through (something)

To move carefully between people or things that are numerous and close together. We threaded our way through the crowd to reach the front of the stage. You'll have to thread your way through the clutter in the storeroom to reach the circuit breaker at the back.
See also: thread, through, way

common thread (to all this)

Fig. a similar idea or pattern to a series of events. All of these incidents are related. There is a common thread to all this.
See also: common, thread

hang by a hair

 and hang by a thread 
1. Lit. to hang by something very thin, such as a thread or a hair. The tiniest part of the mobile hung by a thread, the rest are on plastic cords.
2. and hang on by a hair; hang on by a thread Fig. to depend on something very insubstantial; to hang in the balance. Your whole argument is hanging by a thread. John isn't failing geometry, but his passing grade is just hanging by a hair.
See also: hair, hang

thread one's way through something

Fig. to make a path for oneself through a crowded area; to make one's way carefully through a crowded area. The spy threaded his way through the crowd. The bicyclists threaded their way through the cars stopped in traffic.
See also: thread, through, way

thread through something

Fig. to travel through a crowded area; to move carefully through an area where there are many obstacles. The spy threaded through the crowd at the palace. The joggers threaded through the shoppers on the sidewalks.
See also: thread, through

hang by a thread

Also, hang by a hair. Be in a risky or unstable situation, as in His promotion was hanging by a thread, or With the lead actor sick, the success of our play hung by a hair. This expression, already proverbial in the early 1500s, alludes to Damocles, who vexed King Dionysius with constant flattery. The king invited him to a banquet where Damocles found himself seated under a naked sword suspended by a single hair, symbolizing his insecure position at the court.
See also: hang, thread

lose the thread

Cease to follow the sense of what is said. For example, It was such a long story that I soon lost the thread. This expression uses thread in the sense of "something that connects the various points of a narrative." [Mid-1900s]
See also: lose, thread

hang by a thread

1. If something hangs by a thread, it is very likely to fail, although it has not failed yet. It's clear that the ceasefire is hanging by a thread. England's World Cup hopes hang by a thread and they must now rely on the results of the others in their group going their way.
2. If someone's life hangs by a thread, they are seriously ill and are very likely to die. His kidneys had failed and his life was hanging by a thread. Note: This expression may relate to the story of the Sword of Damocles: see the explanation at `sword'.
See also: hang, thread

pick up the threads

resume something that has been interrupted.
See also: pick, thread, up

hang by a thread

be in a highly precarious state.
See also: hang, thread

lose the (or your) thread

be unable to follow what someone is saying or remember what you are going to say next.
See also: lose, thread

lose the ˈdrift/ˈthread of something

be unable to follow a story, discussion, etc. because you cannot understand the relationship between events, facts, etc: I had to go out in the middle of the film and when I came back I found I’d lost the thread entirely.When they started talking about artificial intelligence, I completely lost the drift of the argument.
See also: drift, lose, of, something, thread

hang by a ˈthread/ˈhair

be in a very uncertain situation: After the operation, his life hung by a thread for several hours.The future of this company hangs by a thread. Unless we get two or three big orders by the end of the month, we’re finished.
See also: hair, hang, thread

the loose ˈends/ˈthreads

the minor details of something which have still not been dealt with or explained: We’ve almost finished the report. There are just a few loose ends to tie up and then it’ll be ready.It’s a very unsatisfactory detective story. You know who committed the murder, but there are far too many loose ends.
A loose end/thread is the end of a piece of string or thread that is not tied to anything else.
See also: end, loose, thread

pick up the ˈthreads

start something, for example an activity, a relationship, a career, again after a break: It’s not easy for women returning to work to pick up the threads of their earlier careers.
See also: pick, thread, up

thread your way through (something)

move through a place by moving round and between people or things: I threaded my way through the busy streets.
See also: thread, through, way

threads

n. clothing. When’d you get new threads, man?
See also: thread
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The wedge ramp not only eliminates the transverse motion that causes loosening under vibration but also distributes the loads of the threaded joint throughout all the engaged threads.
Wheaton uses soda lime and borosilicate glass to make its threaded glass products.
The lead is the axial distance a threaded part advances in one complete rotation.
A shop will probably need more than one if a blind hole is being threaded.
As a result, a bell mouth can be produced at the top of a threaded hole.
With the XLR processor, we have created an innovative threaded architecture, with a general purpose programming model, capable of delivering the tremendous throughput and intelligent functionality which, until now, has been unavailable.
The most noticeable difference between a conventionally produced threaded blind hole, and a hole produced by the Thriller Tool is a slight recess or clearance at the bottom of the hole produced by the drill point as it performs the threading operation.
Hyper-threading makes a single physical processor appear as two CPU processors, and allows a single hyper-threading-enabled processor to work with two application threads, or two single threaded applications at the same time.
Each part was taken to a manually operated die grinder to grind off the burrs where the threaded hole intersected with the unthreaded cross-hole.
The workpiece is a body for a safety-relief valve, and it has three threaded ends.
all conventional threading processes such as tapping, die chasing, rolling, and single-point flycutting leave an incomplete thread (or fin) at both the beginning and end of the threaded section, Figure 1.
Intel Thread Checker locates hard-to-find bugs, the Thread Profiler locates threading bottlenecks in Win32* or OpenMP* threaded code and Intel VTune Performance Analyzer locates performance bottlenecks.
INTER FIX(TM) and INTER FIX(TM)RP Threaded Fusion Devices
TotalView is an advanced 32- and 64-bit graphical debugger providing software engineers with complete control over threaded and parallel applications written in C, C++ or Fortran.
To date, many video encoding and other CPU intensive applications are threaded and can realize up to a 25 percent performance boost on an Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT-based system***.