One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Express thanks, especially in a grace at a meal or in response to a toast or condolence.‘I rise to return thanks on behalf of my fellow guests’
- ‘Declan Byrne secretary gave his report and said he was not going for re-election this year after a five year term and also returned thanks to all for great assistance.’
- ‘Amos said, ‘Jaben, would you return thanks for this meal?’’
- ‘We had grace around the dinner table, and we all had to take turns in praying and returning thanks every morning.’
- ‘James Doherty, Chairman Inver Community Centre Committee, returned thanks on behalf of the community, as did Fr Liam Reilly, C.C., who said the community centre would be a great boon to the area.’
- ‘Mr James Roberts was a capable master of ceremonies and returned thanks to all who were involved in the production.’
- ‘So, one of those days when you feel that surviving a car journey is something to return thanks to God for, like 17th century travellers used to when they had safely crossed the Atlantic.’
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