in the thick of (something)

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in the thick of (something)

Very busy; in the middle of or preoccupied with something or several things. Sorry I couldn't make it to your birthday lunch on Wednesday—I'm afraid I'm really in the thick of several big projects at the moment. We're going to find ourselves in the thick of a war with half the world if our president doesn't change his confrontational way of dealing with other world leaders.
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the thick of something

the busiest or most crowded part of something.
1999 Christopher Brookmyre One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night They'd been in the thick of it, sharing God-knows-what experiences together, from foreplay to gunplay.
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Cumberbatch lives with The Thick Of It's Olivia Poulet and Freeman has two children with Amanda Abbington, who appeared on screen most recently in Single, Married, Other.
LAST ONE The Thick Of It's the last episode of the last series - what will happen to Malcom Tucker (Peter Capaldi, left) Well, we are sure that the spin doctor will be swearing.
6 I was a bit disappointed that Peter Capaldi's first words as Doctor Who were: "Kidneys, I've got new kidneys!" I was hoping he'd give us one last burst of The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker by shouting "F***ity-hi!" Let's face it, given the comainducing, self-indulgent nonsense we'd had to endure for the previous 50 minutes, Capaldi could have probably got away with slipping in an expletive without too many people noticing.
The Thick of It's Peter Capaldi said which famous couple took swearing lessons by watching DVDs of the show?
All that's known about it is that it involves Pitt's United Nations investigator and Peter Capaldi - The Thick Of It's expletive-happy spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, here playing a white-coated boffin - being chased around the zombie-infected facility in search of a miracle cure.
Its star-studded cast includes The Thick of It's Peter Capaldi, James Fleet, of Four Weddings And A Funeral, and The Vicar of Dibley and actor/ comedian Ben Miller.
7 In which hit Scottish film did The Thick Of It's Peter Capaldi, who plays Malcolm Tucker, come to fame?
"This isn't the Doctor's new costume by the way ," said Capaldi, who proved to be the polar opposite of his previously best known creation - The Thick Of It's sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker - as he took time out from his busy shooting schedule to joke and pose for photographs with fans.
The Collection is also surprisingly funny - the amount of swearing would give The Thick Of It's Malcolm Tucker a lesson in profanity - and virtually everyone will recognise some of the real-life problems within Cullen's script.
PSemmys PSveepHBO" The sit com, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the President of the United States, is an American spin-off of Ianucci's hit British series The Thick Of it, about the spin doctors behind British politics.
Rebecca Front won Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role as ineffectual MP Nicola Murray in The Thick of It. It was a treble for the fly-on-the-wall-style comedy, with Peter Capaldi - who played Murray's foul-mouthed and bullying nemesis spin doctor Malcolm Tucker - winning Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and the comedy taking the award for Situation Comedy.
BRIAN READE Columnist The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker swearing at Ben Swain ain Whenever I see MPs buckling under pressure I think of The Thick Of It, which was effectively a series of sketches of life in a Westminster where everyone lived in fear of spindoctor Malcolm Tucker.
A theatrical remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios film, The Ladykillers was written by Father Ted creator Graham Linehan and will star The Thick Of It's Peter Capaldi and comedian Ben Miller.
I don''t want to recommend it too highly or everyone else will start filming there!" Channel 4 meanwhile has been in the city since April shooting Utopia, which stars James Fox, Geraldine James, Simon McBurney and The Thick of It's Paul Higgins.