through thick and thin


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through thick and thin

Despite difficult or troubling circumstances or setbacks; through good and bad times. She's always been there for me through thick and thin, so I can't turn my back on her now. Our company has survived through thick and thin, and we'll be able to get through this ordeal as well.
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through thick and thin

Cliché through good times and bad times. We've been together through thick and thin, and we won't desert each other now. Over the years, we went through thick and thin and enjoyed every minute of it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

through thick and thin

Despite all obstacles or adversities, as in She promised to stand by him through thick and thin. This term alludes to penetrating a forest with both thick and sparse undergrowth. Today it is nearly always used with the idea of supporting something or someone in all circumstances, as in the example. [Late 1300s]
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through thick and thin

COMMON If you continue to do something or to stay with or support someone through thick and thin, you continue doing it even in difficult circumstances. I will go on loving James through thick and thin no matter what happens. Few things give me greater pleasure in my public life than the knowledge that I have supported the Open University, through thick and thin. Note: This comes from a hunting expression `through thicket and thin wood'. A thicket is a small group of trees or bushes which are growing closely together.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

through thick and thin

under all circumstances, no matter how difficult.
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through ˌthick and ˈthin

in spite of all the difficulties and problems; in good and bad times: He’s been a good friend to her through thick and thin.
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thick and thin

Good and bad times: They remained friends through thick and thin.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

through thick and thin

Despite all difficulties; overcoming all obstacles. This term, which today is often used together with the idea of continuing to support another person despite all difficulties, appeared in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The analogy is to penetrating difficult terrain, such as a forest consisting of thick growth as well as sparse vegetation. It was made clear by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene (1590): “His tyreling Jade he fiersly forth did push. Through thicke and thin, both over banck and bushe.”
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