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the plot thickens

A situation or set of circumstances has become more complex, mysterious, interesting, or difficult to understand. A: "This whole time I presumed he was working for my father, but it turns out my father has never heard of him!" B: "Ooh, the plot thickens!" Now the plot thickens, as police have opened a line of inquiry into the governor's whereabouts on the date of the incident.
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thicken up

To become or cause something to be thicker, broader, or denser. A noun or pronoun can be used between "thicken" and "up." Leave the soup on a low heat for another hour so that it thickens up a bit. If your batter is too runny, add a bit of flour to thicken it up. They've put me on a calcium supplement to help thicken up my bones.
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plot thickens

Things are becoming more complicated or interesting. The police assumed that the woman was murdered by her ex-husband, but he has an alibi. The plot thickens. John is supposed to be going out with Mary, but I saw him last night with Sally. The plot thickens.
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thicken something up

 
1. to make something, such as a fluid, thicker. I have to thicken this gravy up before we can serve dinner. Please thicken up the gravy before you serve it.
2. to make something wider. See this line here? You need to thicken it up so that it shows more clearly. Try to thicken up the line a little.
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plot thickens, the

Circumstances are becoming very complex or mysterious. Today this term is often used ironically or half-humorously, as in His companion wasn't his wife or his partner-the plot thickens. Originally (1671) it described the plot of a play that was overly intricate, and by the late 1800s it was used for increasingly complex mysteries in detective stories.
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the plot thickens

People say the plot thickens when a situation or series of events starts to become even more complicated or strange. The plot thickens when he finds diamonds worth 6m euros hidden in a box of salt in the dead man's room. At this point the plot thickened further. A link emerged between the attempt to kill the Pope and the kidnapping of the American. Note: This phrase was widely used in 19th century melodramas, or popular plays that involved extreme situations and extreme emotions, and is now used humorously
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the plot thickens

the situation becomes more difficult and complex.
This expression comes from The Rehearsal ( 1671 ), a burlesque drama by George Villiers , 2nd Duke of Buckingham: ‘now the plot thickens very much upon us’.
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the plot ˈthickens

(often humorous) used to say that a situation is becoming more complicated and difficult to understand: Aha, so both Karen and Steve had the day off work yesterday? The plot thickens!
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thicken up

v.
1. To become thicker or denser: The gravy thickened up.
2. To cause something to become thicker or denser: I thickened the batter up by adding more flour. The cook thickened up the fudge.
See also: thicken, up

plot thickens, the

The situation is becoming increasingly complex. Originally the term was used to describe the plot of a play that was becoming byzantine in its complexity; it was so used by George Villiers in his 1672 comedy The Rehearsal (3.2). It was repeated by numerous writers and became particularly popular in mystery novels, from Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet (1887) on. Today it is often used sarcastically or ironically of some situation that is needlessly complex but scarcely meets the description of a sinister plot.
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The variation in osmolality among samples with different concentrations of thickener was greater for pasteurized human milk than for raw human milk and an infant formula, which only exhibited differences between the thickened and non-thickened diet.
For thickened tailings slurries in pipeline transportation, groups of shear tests were conducted, and the variation curves of rheological parameters were obtained.
Unlike the gum fracturing fluid, it is not necessary to add the gel breaking agent in the thickened water clean fracturing fluid, but after the hydrocarbon compounds are encountered, the compound can be transformed into a spherical micelle by solubilizing to the micelles formed by the surfactant, and the mesh structure disintegrates to make it lose the viscoelasticity.
A thickened gallbladder wall with a striated sonographic appearance (thick echogenic wall with a homogenous sonolucent central band) is more characteristic of benign noninflammatory conditions [6].
Barium enema findings of colonic involvement are nonspecific: i.e., luminal narrowing, loss of colonic haustrations, thickened mucosal folds, and a nodular mucosal pattern.
Transverse view shows thickened ulnar nerve with measurements made within the hyperechoic boundary.
Once it has the right color, add the liquid, stir and cook until thickened. Roux gravy will thicken as it cools.
Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging of the left shoulder revealed a contracted inferior glenohumeral ligament (IGHL) in the axillary pouch and a thickened CHL.
Although poststroke patients receiving thin liquids consumed significantly more fluids than poststroke patients receiving thickened liquids, the actual difference was only 250 ml.
In Peyronie's disease, the fibrous tissue of the penis becomes thickened, causing it to bend during erection.
Tunica adventitia was thickened in 16 (14.8%) and 12 (11.1%) of the LAD and CCA, respectively.
Thick soups are classified depending upon the type of thickening agent used: purees are vegetable soups thickened with starch; bisques are made from pureed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream; cream soups may be thickened with bechamel sauce; and veloutes are thickened with eggs, butter, and cream.
Table 6--Stormer Viscosities and Solids (% by Weight) in Tint Bases Sample % Thickener HSV Total Initial Solids Thickener Thickener Viscosity by (KU) weight Pastel 44.22 0.26 0.64 0.90 85.0 Base with HEC Pastel 44.84 0.13 0.40 0.53 95.4 Base wit HEUR Deep-tone 33.23 0.27 0.65 0.94 77.8 Base with HEC Deep-tone 33.56 0.30 0.54 0.84 94.6 Base with HEUR Sample 72-Hr Viscosity (KU) Pastel 86.7 Base with HEC Pastel 98.7 Base with HECR Deep-tone 78.0 Base with HEC Deep-tone 106.0 Base with HEUR The viscosity dependence on shear rate for the two pastel bases thickened with HEUR and HEC thickeners is shown in Figure 1.
Washington, February 24 ( ANI ): It is well understood that the collision between India and Eurasia led to the formation of the Tibetan Plateau that has an average elevation of 5 km and a much thickened crust.