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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


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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Thou shalt not march through life visibly carrying mobile phone like a status symbol or a security blanket or a suit of armor or an excuse to escape the situation.
Thou shalt not, in any gathering, say sshshshhshsh, I have a phone call.
Thou shalt not bore the pants off others by discussing ad nauseum the merits and demerits of the features on their mobile phones.
thous, which indicates the existence of an emerging rabies cycle in this species.
Identification, origin, and antiqenic and genetic variant of 22 rabies virus samples isolated from Ceara State, Brazil Year of Identification Animal species isolation Origin Brhm4531 Human 1997 Fortaleza Brcth4122 Cerdocyon thous 1998 -- Brhm5325 Human 2000 Caucaia Brdg5360 Dog 2000 Caucaia Brcth5361 C.
Capacity extension of fixed-line networks/ exchange facilities with the capacity over 323 thous.
Extension of coverage area and GSM-900/1800 network capacity, switches with the capacity of 1,420 thous.