think through(redirected from think through something)
To consider or reflect upon something in order to arrive at a solution for of thorough understanding of it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "think" and "through." I don't think you've thought this plan through. We'll have to think through this server issue before we can move on to the next stage of development.
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think something through
to run over and try to settle something in one's mind. Let me think this through and call you in the morning. I will think through this matter and get back to you.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, think out. Arrive at a thorough understanding of; devise or contrive thoroughly. For example, That answer doesn't work; I don't believe you've thought the problem through, or He thought out a far more efficient method. The first term dates from the early 1900s, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see think up.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To reason about or reflect on something, considering every detail and consequence: Make sure you think through the consequences before you act. Don't make the decision to quit your job right away—think the matter through.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.