One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing whose name one has forgotten, does not know, or does not wish to mention.
- ‘Now that the cup hooks are in place, we should be able to string the lights up with one of those grabby extension pole thingies.’
- ‘A lever thingy is pulled and the tables fall beneath the floor, thus creating dance space.’
- ‘I listened patiently to one of those annoying automated response thingies giving me 3 options.’
- ‘My company has just offered a choice of sticking with the final salary scheme or one of those money purchase thingies.’
- ‘I gave the plastic thingy a good firm tug, just to show it who was boss.’
- ‘So, I am going to have to buy one of those memory card thingies.’
- ‘My illness thingy has only got worse, I have started to cough like some mis-firing machine gun.’
- ‘The power keeps cutting out and coming back on, so I am about to pack up the internet thingy.’
- ‘Various people are taking it upon themselves to subscribe me to various newsletters, email thingies and so forth.’
- ‘Deep-fry in one of those deep-fryer thingies or just use a heavy skillet with about a half-cup of really, really hot oil.’
- ‘Stick your name in the search thingy at the bottom and all will be revealed to you as if by magic.’
- ‘Now at the end of six minutes, put the dried mint leaves into the boiling thingy, close it with a lid and leave it to cool for an hour.’
- ‘I'm trying to write a leaflet thingy to send out with any prints that I sell.’
- ‘I had erected a suspension thingy from the ceiling, from which I can hang a bicycle.’
- ‘I went to the loo on the fourth floor of her office building, and I found a whole pile of these cool white paper bag thingies, each with a picture of a shepherdess in a big frock on them.’
- ‘Their van is one of those static thingies, with a bathroom, two bedrooms, lots of space inside and a small garden area in which I spent most of the time with a book in my hand.’
- ‘Haven't watched it all, but it seems like a manga thingy and has an amazingly weird look to it.’
- ‘The day was hot and sunny as well, so I went for a stroll along the shore before the interview and looked at the many ducklings and some strange footed black duck thingies.’
- ‘It has three different sized grating thingies and the picture on the box very clearly shows it grating cheese, which puts a stop to the ne'er-do-wells warning me that cheese would bung it up.’
- ‘Anyway, P had soup and I had a baguette thingy and we were chatting away.’
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