|1.||archaic, dialect refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior|
|2.||(usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc|
|[Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu]|
|—n , pl thous, thou|
|1.||one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre|
|2.||informal short for thousand|
|you (juː, (unstressed) jʊ)|
|1.||refers to the person addressed or to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: you know better; the culprit is among you|
|2.||Also: one refers to an unspecified person or people in general: you can't tell the boys from the girls|
|3.||chiefly (US) See yourself a dialect word for yourself or yourselves: you should get you a wife now|
|4.||informal the personality of the person being addressed or something that expresses it: that hat isn't really you|
|5.||you know what, you know who a thing or person that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify|
"Children learn from the slaves some odd phrases ... as ... will you all do this? for, will one of you do this?" ["Arthur Singleton" (Henry C. Knight), "Letters from the South and West," 1824]
"Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee!" ["Hickscorner," c.1530]A brief history of the second person pronoun in Eng. can be found here.
In addition to the idioms beginning with you, also see all right for you; as you please; before you can say Jack Robinson; before you know it; between you and me; bite the hand that feeds you; do you read me; for shame (on you); fuck you; good for (you); how does that grab you; how do you do; if you can't beat them, join them; I'll be seeing you; I told you so; look before you leap; my heart bleeds for you; no matter how you slice it; not if you paid me; now you're talking; pay as you go; practice what you preach; quit while you're ahead; same to you; says who (you); screw you; that's ___ for you; what do you know; what do you take me for; what have you; what of it (what's it to you); what's eating you.
type of Chinese bronze container for wine that resembled a bucket with a swing handle and a knobbed lid. It was produced during the Shang (18th-12th century BC) and early Zhou (1111-c. 900 BC) periods
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