Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

noun
the ordinary person; people generally; everyone: They invited every Tom, Dick, and Harry to the party.

Origin:
1805–15

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Tom, Dick, and Harry or Tom, Dick, or Harry
 
n
an ordinary, undistinguished, or common person (esp in the phrases every Tom, Dick, and Harry; any Tom, Dick, or Harry)
 
Tom, Dick, or Harry or Tom, Dick, or Harry
 
n

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Tom, Dick, and Harry definition


A phrase referring to randomly chosen people: “I asked you to keep my plans secret, but you've told them to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.”

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