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give thanks for small blessings

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip. The radio still works, though, so I suppose I should give thanks for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just giving thanks for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
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give thanks for small mercies

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I suppose I should give thanks for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just giving thanks for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: give, mercy, small, thanks

thanks for nothing

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. Thanks for nothing, Dan. Now I have to go get all these posters reprinted because of your stupid typo. I can't believe you squealed on me to the principal! Thanks for nothing!
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no thanks to (someone or something)

Without any help from someone or something. Implies that the task or action being discussed was accomplished without assistance from the person or thing mentioned, even though they could or should have helped. We finally reached our fundraising goal, no thanks to any local businesses, who all declined to donate. Yes, we just finished cleaning the garage—no thanks to you. Where have you been?
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thanks a million

Thank you so much. Hey, thanks a million—I really appreciate you staying late to help me with this.
See also: million, thanks

thanks to

On account of; due to; because of. Thanks to John and his team, we managed to get the project finished on time. The bill was passed thanks to a handful of senators willing to cross party lines to support it.
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thanks for the buggy ride

old-fashioned Thank you for the good times. Used when ending a romantic relationship. "Buggy ride" is possibly a euphemism for sexual relations. A: "I just think it's best that we start seeing other people." B: "Well, thanks for the buggy ride, I guess."
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a vote of thanks

A formal speech used to express thanks and appreciation to someone or something else, encouraging those present to show their appreciation as well. I could tell Mike was expecting votes of thanks from everyone in the office when he retired, but we were all so sick of him by then that he just kind of shuffled out the door. We really ought to have someone deliver a vote of thanks at the end of the show to all the mentors who helped our kids on their projects.
See also: of, thanks, vote

no, thank you

 and no, thanks
a phrase used to decline something. Bob: Would you care for some more coffee? Mary: No, thank you. John: Do you want to go downtown tonight? Jane: No, thanks.
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no thanks to you

I cannot thank you for what happened, because you did not cause it.; I cannot thank you for your help, because you did not give it. Bob: Well, despite our previous disagreement, he seemed to agree to all our demands. Alice: Yes, no thanks to you. I wish you'd learn to keep your big mouth shut! Jane: It looks like the picnic wasn't ruined despite the fact that I forgot the potato salad. Mary: Yes, it was okay. No thanks to you, of course.
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not right now, thanks

No for the present. (It is hoped that one will be asked again later. Usually used for a [temporary] refusal of a serving of food or drink. There is an implication that more will be wanted later.) Waiter: Do you want some more coffee? Mary: Not right now, thanks. John: Can I take your coat? Sue: Not right now, thanks. I'm still a little chilly.
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Nothing for me, thanks.

I do not want any of what was offered. (*Typically to decline a serving of food or drink.) Waiter: Would you care for dessert? Bob: Nothing for me, thanks. Bob: We have beer and wine. Which would you like? Mary: Nothing for me, thanks.
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thanks a bunch

Inf. thanks. Thanks a bunch for your help. He said "thanks a bunch" and walked out.
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Thanks (a lot).

 and Thank you a lot. 
1. Inf. Thank you, I am grateful. Bill: Here, take mine. Bob: Thanks a lot. Mary: Well, here's your pizza. Bill: Thanks.
2. That is not worth much.; That is nothing to be grateful for. (Sarcasm is indicated by the tone of voice used with this expression.) John: I'm afraid that you're going to have to work the night shift. Bob: Thanks a lot. Fred: Here's your share of the money. We had to take out nearly half to make up for the damage you did to the car. Bill: Thanks a lot.

Thanks a million.

Inf. Thank you a lot. Bill: Oh, thanks a million. You were very helpful. Bob: Just glad I could help. John: Here's your book. Jane: Thanks a million. Sorry I needed it back in such a rush.
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Thanks awfully.

Thank you very much. John: Here's one for you. Jane: Thanks awfully. Mary: Here, let me help you with all that stuff. Sue: Thanks awfully.
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Thanks, but no thanks.

Inf. Thank you, but I am not interested. (A way of turning down something that is not very desirable.) Alice: How would you like to buy my old car? Jane: Thanks, but no thanks. John: What do you think about a trip over to see the Wilsons? Sally: Thanks, but no thanks. We don't get along.
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Thanks for the ride.

 and Thanks for the lift.
Thank you for giving me a ride in your car. John (stopping the car): Here we are. Bob: Thanks for the ride. Bye. John: Later. As Fred got out of the car, he said, "Thanks for the lift."
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Thanks loads.

Inf. Thanks a lot. Mary: Here, you can have these. And take these too. Sally: Thanks loads. John: Wow! You look great! Sally: Thanks loads. I try.
See also: load, thanks

thanks to someone or something

due to someone or something; because of someone or something. (This does not necessarily suggest gratitude.) Thanks to the storm, we have no electricity. Thanks to Mary, we have tickets to the game. She bought them early before they were sold out.
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vote of thanks

Fig. a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker, lecturer, organizer, etc., and inviting the audience to applaud. John gave a vote of thanks to Professor Jones for his talk. Mary was given a vote of thanks for organizing the dance.
See also: of, thanks, vote

give thanks for small blessings

Express gratitude for a minor favor or advantage, as in My bag didn't get on the plane but it did arrive in time-give thanks for small blessings. This expression is usually uttered when one encounters an unexpected bit of good fortune.
See also: blessing, give, small, thanks

thanks to

On account of, because of, as in Thanks to your help, we'll be done on time. This phrase alludes to gratitude being due to someone or something. It is also put negatively, no thanks to, meaning "without the benefit of help from," as in We finally found your house, no thanks to the confusing map you drew. This usage, first recorded in 1633, is about a hundred years older than the first term, recorded only in 1737.
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thanks for nothing

People use thanks for nothing to tell someone in an angry way that they are disappointed that that person has not done what they wanted. Dad's request for a small-business loan was turned down (thanks for nothing, Sunnings Savings & Loan!)
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no thanks to

not because of; despite.
1993 Carl MacDougall . The Lights Below ‘How's your mother?’ ‘Our mother's fine. No thanks to you. She was worried sick.’
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thanks for the buggy ride

used as a way of thanking someone for their help. North American dated
A buggy was a light horse-drawn vehicle for one or two people.
See also: buggy, ride, thanks

thanks for nothing

used ironically to indicate that what someone has done or said is extremely unwelcome to you.
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(be) no thanks to somebody/something

(be) in spite of somebody/something: It’s no thanks to you that we arrived on time — you kept wanting to stop!

thanks to somebody/something

(sometimes ironic) because of somebody/something: We won the game thanks to a lot of hard work from everyone in the team.We lost the match, thanks to a few silly mistakes.

a ˌvote of ˈthanks

a short formal speech in which you thank somebody for something and ask other people to join you in thanking them: I’d like to propose a vote of thanks to Ms Waters for her interesting talk.
See also: of, thanks, vote

thanks a bunch

phr. thanks. Thanks a bunch for your help.
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Thanks in advance

and TIA
phr. & comp. abb. an expression of gratitude given in advance of the hoped-for receipt of an answer to a question. I hope you can help me. TIA. Bob.
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no thanks to

Without the benefit of help from: finally found the house, no thanks to these confusing directions.
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thanks to

On account of; because of: "Thanks to a variety of domestic political changes, by the 1440s the Chinese had withdrawn from participation in the wider world" (Lincoln P. Paine).
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The people of David's day were a great deal more ready than our present generation to express their thanks to God when he answered their prayers.
Thanks to my colleagues at The Progressive for doing the work, and for adding humor and camaraderie along the way.
My thanks to the museum staff for providing the photos and text for this presentation beginning on page 10.
After receiving a standing ovation, Eastwood acknowledged his position as underdog in the category, laconically drawling, ``Well, thanks.
Thanks also go to the leaders of TEI's local chapters, who recruit and mentor new members, plan monthly meetings, and generally keep TEI on track.
Can we give thanks that God cares for the soil and the animals of the field in the same way that God cares for us?
Our thanks go to all those who played an important role in the achievements.