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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.
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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, 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.
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hang by a thread

to be in danger of having something unlucky or bad happen Roberta was told that her job hung by a thread, and she needed to be more serious about it. For several days after the accident, his life hung by a thread.
See also: hang, thread

lose the thread (of something)

to not be able to understand what someone is saying because you are not giving it all your attention Jeb wasn't listening at all and lost the thread of what his father was saying.
See also: lose, thread

hang by a thread

if something hangs by a thread, it is likely to fail in the near future Peace and democracy hang by a thread in this troubled country.
See also: hang, thread

lose the thread

to stop understanding something someone says or something you are reading because it is too complicated or because you cannot concentrate When he started quoting Martin Luther King, I completely lost the thread of his argument.
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pick up the threads of something

to try to start something again, especially after problems prevented you from continuing it In '97, I came out of prison and tried to pick up the threads of my life.
See also: of, pick, thread, up

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]
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n. clothing. When’d you get new threads, man?
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As far as threads in threads connections can be considered as a group of small recesses, in which circular stresses can be ignored in comparison with the axial and radial stresses, a task of calculation of threaded joints can be reduced to axisymmetric task of the elasticity theory.
Inherent in any threaded fastening system is the necessity for clearance.
The locking/unlocking device protrudes from the pin, and internal threads of the threaded insert are engaged when the bore of the insert is placed over the pin.
An excellent example is an automotive application at Borg Warner's Muncie, IN, plant where Thrillers have been used on four-wheel-drive transfer case production lines to machine the threaded holes in 4WD transfer cases used in General Motors' Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade, and Hummer H2 model vehicles.
Tenders are invited for Supply of set of threaded end piece consist of 07 ,- 1 threaded end piece 8x13 is equal to04 nos-set.
Many manufacturers today require greater precision and higher productivity in their threaded components in some of the newer, tougher stainless steels, Inconels, Hastelloys, and titanium alloys.
For example, one manufacturer made 10 threads per inch in 1/2"- diameter threaded parts, whereas another made 12 threads, and so forth.
Similarly, their secure fit and thread-less design prevents the lodging of any foreign material within threaded grooves.
Mr Restall adds, "Since we don't need to purchase inspection gages for every thread size, we keep unthreaded products on the shelf and we can produce threaded product almost immediately.
Basically, there are two means of making a threaded hole: tapping and thread milling.
A single tap can produce only a threaded hole of one diameter.
Based on a unique threaded architecture supporting 32 threads on RMI-enhanced MIPS64(R) CPU cores, the XLR processor offers operating frequency of up to 1.
It is even possible to reduce tooling costs for cutting right hand and left hand threaded nuts by programming the right hand thread using an M03 command and threading toward the spindle.
Groundbreaking Threaded Solution Maximizes Throughput with 32 Processor Resources and Highly Integrated Network and Application Acceleration