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Sanctimonious; maintaining an obnoxious air of moral superiority or condescension. (Usually used before a noun, especially "attitude.") While he makes good points, his holier-than-thou attitude is not likely to win him many allies.

a thou

A slang term for one thousand. It is pronounced like the beginning of the word "thousand," not like the archaic pronoun "thou." I could make a thou on that job easily, and then we wouldn't have to worry about money for awhile.
See also: thou

take (something) down a thousand

To be less intense, serious, or extreme, as in some emotion, behavior, or action. Usually said as an imperative. I know my perfectionism can be a real problem sometimes, so I've been trying to take it down a thousand recently. I know everyone is excited to see what the machine is capable of, but we all need to take it down a thousand before someone get hurt. Take it down a thousand, Bob—there's really no need to get so upset about this.
See also: down, take, thousand


If you describe someone as holier-than-thou, you mean that they seem to believe that they have better moral qualities than anyone else. He has always sounded holier-than-thou. I'm not going to be all holier-than-thou about this.

holier than thou

characterized by an attitude of self-conscious virtue and piety.
This phrase comes from Isaiah 65:5: ‘Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou’.
See also: holy, thou


mod. superior in piety; condescending. She has such a holier-than-thou attitude.

Take it down a thou(sand)!

in. Cool down!; Calm down!; Quiet down! You are wild! Take it down a thou and let’s try again to talk this out.
See also: down, take

Take it down a thou!

See also: down, take


n. one thousand. I managed to get a couple of thou from the bank, but I need a little more than that.
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Moreover, the ensuing statement, "Yet not my will but thine be done," is expressed voluntarily and is not, as in the examples just cited, imposed from without by an external authority.
Instead, some of the company's Balanchine stalwarts (Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto Barocco, Ballo della Regina); a program of three premieres (by artistic director Helgi Tomasson, Christopher d'Amboise, and Stanton Welch); tangy recent hits including David Bintley's The Dance House and Val Caniparoli's Lambarena; and company premieres of Mark Morris's Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, Flemming Flindt's The Lesson, and Peter Martins's The Waltz Project kept the fans coming.
IF thou shalt confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Give you that day your Daily Mirror, and forgive us our laughter, as we forgive those who back-stab against you, lead you to the back-benches, and deliver us Portillo, for thine is the kingdom of another banished Tory, forever and ever, Amen.
Eighteen Balanchine and eighteen Ashton works are discussed in detail, but so is Mark Morris's Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, another work found in the repertoire of classical companies.
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It included the lines: "For thine own purpose thou hast sent the strife and discouragement," he told the Faith in the Future conference in Brighton.
Adrienne Murray was compassionate, her "O rest in the Lord" crowned by a touching flute halo; together with Tina Jones and Katherine Harvey she gave a lovely "Lift thine eyes".
A source at Grayson County jail in Texas said Thomas was saying: 'And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out.
For thine is the wisdom, the know-how and the glory
So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said unto me, buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
He responds to Hamlet's injunction "to thine own self be true" by positing that being ourselves is necessary in order to understand ourselves, which in turn in necessary in order to be true to ourselves.
THine Electronics Inc (Jasdaq:6769), a provider of high-speed serial interface and provider of mixed-signal LSI, announced on Wednesday the adoption by Sharp Corporation's network camera, QG-B20C, of THine's 16-Megapixel high-speed image signal processor (ISP), THP7312.