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Tom, Dick, and Harry

noun
1.
the ordinary person; people generally; everyone:
They invited every Tom, Dick, and Harry to the party.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15
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British Dictionary definitions for tom, dick, harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

noun
1.
an ordinary, undistinguished, or common person (esp in the phrases every Tom, Dick, and Harry; any Tom, Dick, or Harry)
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tom, dick, harry in Culture

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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tom, dick, harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

Related Terms

every tom* dick* and harry


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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