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kith and kin

noun
1.
acquaintances and relatives.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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Idioms and Phrases with kith 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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