Tom, Dick, and Harry
noun (plural Toms, Dicks, and Harrys) Date: 1805 the common man ; anyone — often used with every <
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  • Tom, Dick and Harry — Tom, Dick and/or Harry anyone, especially people that you do not know or do not think are important. Draw the curtains or we ll have every Tom, Dick and Harry peering through the window. I want a qualified plumber to do the job, not just any Tom …   New idioms dictionary

  • Tom, Dick,and Harry — Tom, Dick, and Harry n. Informal Anybody at all; a member of the public at large: It s not a smart idea to admit every Tom, Dick, and Harry to the party. * * * …   Universalium

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — UK / US or Tom, Dick, or Harry UK / US informal any or every ordinary person rather than people who you choose or people who can provide what you need …   English dictionary

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — Tom′, Dick′, and Har′ry n. anyone or everyone indiscriminately: They invited every Tom, Dick, and Harry to the party[/ex] • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — Tom, ,Dick, and Harry or ,Tom, ,Dick, or Har|ry INFORMAL any or every ordinary person rather than people you choose or people who can provide what you need …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — pron. everyone or anyone; people taken at random: usually preceded by every and used disparagingly …   English World dictionary

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — ► NOUN ▪ ordinary people in general …   English terms dictionary

  • Tom, Dick and Harry — This is about the phrase; for specific usages, see Tom, Dick and Harry (disambiguation). The phrase Tom, Dick and Harry is a placeholder for multiple unspecified people; Tom, Dick or Harry plays the same role for one unspecified person. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — {n. phr.} People in general; anyone; everyone. Usually preceded by every and used to show scorn or disrespect. * /The drunk told his troubles to every Tom, Dick and Harry who passed by./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Tom, Dick, and Harry — {n. phr.} People in general; anyone; everyone. Usually preceded by every and used to show scorn or disrespect. * /The drunk told his troubles to every Tom, Dick and Harry who passed by./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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