Tom, Dick and Harry

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Tom, Dick and Harry pl (plural only)

  1. Anybody or everybody; random or unknown people.
    We want the place to be accessible to any Tom, Dick or Harry that happens to find it.
    • 1661, John Payne Collier, N D, editor, An antidote against melancholy: made up in pills. Compounded of witty ...[1], published reprint, page 90:
      Here is Tom, Jack, and Harry:
      Sing away, and doe not tarry.
      Merrily now let's sing, carouse, and tiple.
    • 1723, Charles Leslie, A short and easie method with the deists: Wherein, the certainty of the ...[2], page 12:
      ... and that there was no such Thing as Government in the World; and that Tom, Dick, and Harry, ay, every individual Man, Woman, and Child, had a Right to the whole World ...


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