every/any Tom, Dick and/or Harry

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any Tom, Dick, or Harry

Any common, undistinguished person; anyone at all, indiscriminately. You don't want any Tom, Dick, or Harry coming to your performance, but then you don't want to limit the amount of business you might bring in, either. Kate's being very selective as to who gets invited to the wedding, as she doesn't want just any Tom, Dick, or Harry turning up.
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every Tom, Dick, and Harry

Every kind of common, undistinguished person; anyone at all, indiscriminately. You don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry coming to your performance, but then you don't want to limit the amount of business you might bring in, either. Kate's being very selective as to who gets invited to the wedding, as she doesn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry turning up.
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every Tom, Dick, and Harry

Also, every mother's son; every man Jack. Everyone, all ordinary individuals, as in This model should appeal to every Tom, Dick, and Harry. The use of masculine names in this way dates from Shakespeare's time (he used Tom, Dick, and Francis in 1 Henry IV), but the current one dates from the early 1800s. The two variants are largely British usage but occasionally are used in America. The first is recorded as early as 1583, whereas the second dates from the first half of the 1800s.
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every Tom, Dick, and Harry

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every Tom, Dick, or Harry

People say every Tom, Dick, and Harry or every Tom, Dick, or Harry to talk about many different people, especially people they do not think are special or important. These days, the hotel is letting in every Tom, Dick and Harry. Note: This expression is very variable, for example, any can be used instead of every, and Harriet and other names are sometimes used instead of Harry. You cannot sell a gun to any Tom Dick or Harry, can you? Any Tom, Dick or Harriet can put on a jacket and say, `I'll be a producer.' Note: All of these names used to be very common, and so they began to be used to refer to ordinary people in general.
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every/any ˌTom, ˌDick and/or ˈHarry

(usually disapproving) any ordinary person; people of no special value to you: We don’t want just any Tom, Dick or Harry marrying our daughter.
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There are girls who want to open their legs to every Tom, Dick and Harry but they are rubbish.
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Excuse the females who actually respect themselves enough to cover up rather then catch the attention of every Tom, Dick and Harry on the road.
Sir--I am wholly at a loss to understand the reluctance on the part of the appropriate ministry to grant ophthalmic opticians the very much over-due increase in fees, in view of the fact that a wage increase appears to have been awarded to every Tom, Dick and Harry in the country, in many instances by the same ministry.
Those changes, made on what almost seemed, to me at least, a whim have opened, as Wendell Wilson points out, the proverbial Pandora's Box such that every Tom, Dick and Harry now feels free to add absurd layer upon absurd layer to the name of a mineral, thus defeating the original purpose of the changes, i.
We get every Tom, Dick and Harry thrown at us and it's not going to happen.
Unfortunately, The Beatles broke up before this was realised and the myths began to spread to every Tom, Dick and Harry who ever had a hand in The Beatles' music.
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And if you want to know how to avoid such a collision, examine the mountain of waste - including massive benefit overpayments and hand-outs for every Tom, Dick and Harry crawling ashore.
I would say it is the Cardiff City police and magistrates who grant alcohol licences to every Tom, Dick and Harry.
I owed money to every Tom, Dick and Harry in the world," he explained.