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the (in) thing

The newest, most recent, or most current trend, fashion, or style. Deep V-necks are becoming the in thing for wedding dresses lately. Smooth, edgeless bodies are the thing for smartphone designs these days.
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the thing

That which is currently (and usually temporarily) fashionable or trendy. Haven't you heard? Wearing knee-high socks is the thing now!
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the thing

Also, the in thing. Something in style or vogue, the latest trend. For example, Wearing oversized clothes is the thing these days, or Vans and sports utility vehicles have been the in thing for some time now. The first term dates from the mid-1700s; the second, which uses in in the sense of "popular," dates from the mid-1900s. Also see the latest.
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In the descents within the physical world, however, there is no talk of creation and the formation of a new thing--there is only a change in the spatial coordinates and position of the thing undergoing descent.
I manage to get the thing off her, roll the thing up over this rock, and we waddle on.
Survival, not love, is likely the thing that motivates him now.
That's funny, but the thing that's peculiar about it is there was always a dark side.
The thing is trying to--well, it's like you got these bullets and you're trying to find a gun.
But the thing I must point out is that my despair is of the group itself, the group as it's assembled.
The thing in Stiglitz's article which really struck me as not right was his intellectual snobbery.
The thing is, the business disaster research area really isn't fully developed yet.
But even a thing as benign as having a certified person on the site of the building to look into the thing, it will end up with consultants having to be hired, they'll have to be certified, and there will have to be inspections.
The thing that's really meaningless is the TV things.
The problem with it is that the thing that exists there is not very pretty.
But it's the thing that gets me from one thing to another.
We don't have to know exactly why it is we're putting this pall on the casket; just do the thing.
The thing I think is important is to try to get more nongay supporters of these issues who see it as civil rights issues and see it as a voting issue, an important political priority.