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kith and kin

plural noun
acquaintances and relatives.
Origin of kith and kin
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For he had slain the kith and kin of many a hundred there.
  • Letting kith and kin fiddle with focus online may not be enough to fuel demand.
  • Have some kith and kin in that outfit described in the article.
  • His intent was simple, keep kith and kin informed while cutting down on e-mail traffic.
  • There is no reward from our public programs for standing by kith and kin.
  • Support to new mothers may be available among generations, kith and kin networks or close neighborhood networks.
  • May your kith and kin someday be groped by uniformed strangers for purposes of national security.
  • No, it is in many ways a relationship of kith and kin.
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kith and kin

Friends and family, as in Everyone was invited, kith and kin as well as distant acquaintances. This expression dates from the 1300s and originally meant “countrymen” (kith meant “one's native land”) and “family members.” It gradually took on the present looser sense.
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