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Synonyms for thing

one that exists independently

something having material existence

things needed for a task, journey, or other purpose

something done

something to be done, considered, or dealt with

an irrational preoccupation

something at which a person excels

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a special situation

an action

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a special abstraction

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a vaguely specified concern

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a statement regarded as an object

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any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence

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a special objective

a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion

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I'll send the telegram first thing, and I'll make them send one back to say whether there's room in the cottage or not.
Poyser, "a- dropping candle-grease about, as you're like to tumble down o' the floor the first thing i' the morning.
She went out into the garden as quickly as possible, and the first thing she did was to run round and round the fountain flower garden ten times.
The first thing that struck her was the deathlike stillness of the room.
That queer tower was the first thing I saw when I came to these parts; and I can tell you a little more about it--or, at any rate, the outside of it.
It is always the first thing that tells me all is well.
The first thing to do is to get the best medical advice on Geoffrey's case which is to be had.
The seemingly dead body of the watchman wandered, as we have said, to the hospital, where it was brought into the general viewing-room: and the first thing that was done here was naturally to pull off the galoshes--when the spirit, that was merely gone out on adventures, must have returned with the quickness of lightning to its earthly tenement.
TOM arrived at home in a dreary mood, and the first thing his aunt said to him showed him that he had brought his sorrows to an unpromising market:
When an excursion, a church, a gallery, a ruin, was proposed to him, the first thing Newman usually did, after surveying his postulant in silence, from head to foot, was to sit down at a little table and order something to drink.
The first thing I was saluted with in the morning was the tolling of the great bell at St.
The first thing I noticed was a range of mountains about two thousand feet high, the shapes of which were most capricious.
There was another Munchkin with him, and the first thing I heard was the farmer saying, `How do you like those ears?
And the first thing he did was to turn his back to the wind and open his fur coat.
One of the plates in the set had been found broken when they unpacked it, and Ona was going to the store the first thing in the morning to make them change it; also they had promised three saucepans, and there had only two come, and did Jurgis think that they were trying to cheat them?
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