a thing

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 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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a whole thing

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 whole thing between us. Can we just forget about it?
See also: thing, whole
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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