the thing

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the thing

  1. (predicative) The needful thing: something suitable for the purpose.
    This book isn't quite the thing.
    I need a present for my friend, and I think this is just the thing.
  2. (predicative) The desired thing: someone or something that is popularly favored.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 23:
      He liked Tom all right... Sampson and Bullock he could do without, however. Especially Sampson, who was too much of a grammar-school-type swot ever to be quite the thing.
    • 2017 November 2, Ben Brantley, “Review: ‘Junk’ Revives a Go-Go Era of Debt and Duplicity”, The New York Times:
      “When did money become the thing — the only thing?” Ms. Lim’s character asks in the opening monologue.
    • 2018 September 30, Steve Politi, “A Rutgers fan's secret to survival: Beer. Lots and lots of beer.”, nj.com:
      Brewfest needs to become the thing at Rutgers.
    • 2018 December 26, Avery Anapol (quoting Claire McCaskill), “McCaskill on Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I’m a little confused why she’s the thing’”, The Hill:
      "I'm a little confused why she's the thing,” McCaskill told CNN.

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