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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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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

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.
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Very similar results for HEUR thickener solutions have been reported.
A lattice-top fresh peach pie article in the July/August issue of Cook's Illustrated touts using potato starch as a thickener.
The flocculation mechanism is similar to that of a traditional thickener such as hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), which does not directly interact with particles in a typical coating formulation.
As the shear rate is increased, a shear-thinning behavior is observed as the aggregates are deflocculated and the chain entanglements among the HEC thickener are disrupted.
The effect of the composition of the thickener on the perception of sweetness was greater than that of viscosity.
NEW Noveme(TM) EC-2 Polymer enables the formulation of smooth and elegant emulsions containing high levels of electrolytic active ingredients by offering excellent efficiency as a thickener, stabilizer, and primary or auxiliary emulsifier, with improved electrolyte tolerance and a unique sensory profile.
It is a polyether polyurethane thickener for aqueous industrial and decorative, pigmented and clear coating systems.
When the paints contain associative thickeners, control of particle dispersion can be very complicated due to the interaction of the particles with dispersants, surfactants, and the associative thickener itself.
A protein-based food thickener offers unique nutritional advantages over conventional starch thickening systems, but the higher costs associated with a WPI-derivitized thickener may limit its applications.
A non-ionic, water-soluble polyurethane thickener, BR 100 is suitable for applications including printing inks.
Instead, they've added pectin, a thickener naturally found in apples and other fruits.
Small changes in these variables, which include the latex, thickener, and surfactant components of the coating, can have a profound effect.
Table 1 Traditional Sulfate-Free ALES /ALS Base SLES Base APG Base Surfactants 5% Ammonium 7% Sodium 6% Decyl (active Laureth Laureth Polyglucoside basis) Sulfate Sulfate 3% Ammonium 3% 3% Lauryl Sulfate Cocamidopropyl Cocamidopropyl Betaine Betaine 2% 2% Sodium Cocamidopropyl Lauroyl Betaine Sarcosinate Thickener 2% Salt 0% and 0.
Cognis has recently launched DSX 3100, a new nonionic associative thickener suitable for all types of paints.