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through thick and thin

Cliché through good times and bad times. We've been together through thick and thin, and we won't desert each other now. Over the years, we went through thick and thin and enjoyed every minute of it.
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through thick and thin

Despite all obstacles or adversities, as in She promised to stand by him through thick and thin. This term alludes to penetrating a forest with both thick and sparse undergrowth. Today it is nearly always used with the idea of supporting something or someone in all circumstances, as in the example. [Late 1300s]
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through thick and thin

COMMON If you continue to do something or to stay with or support someone through thick and thin, you continue doing it even in difficult circumstances. I will go on loving James through thick and thin no matter what happens. Few things give me greater pleasure in my public life than the knowledge that I have supported the Open University, through thick and thin. Note: This comes from a hunting expression `through thicket and thin wood'. A thicket is a small group of trees or bushes which are growing closely together.
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through thick and thin

under all circumstances, no matter how difficult.
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through ˌthick and ˈthin

in spite of all the difficulties and problems; in good and bad times: He’s been a good friend to her through thick and thin.
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Vinny Lecavalier and Brad Richards have been together through thick and thin - including a road trip to Siberia.