One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to introduce one of two or more possible reasons for something, the remainder of which may or may not be stated.‘Why hadn't he arranged to see her at the house? For one thing, it would have been warmer’
- ‘It's got him onto the health pages of the Telegraph, for one thing.’
- ‘One cannot lament its influence, for one thing because to do so would be useless.’
- ‘Well, for one thing, there's a self-defence issue here which may justify the use of lethal force by the police officer.’
- ‘Well, for one thing, writing a shocking story has been, historically, one way to bring yourself to public attention.’
- ‘Well, for one thing, the cast of characters apparently has spread out all over the country.’
- ‘I think he wants to see how people are raising money in his wife's name, for one thing.’
- ‘Class, for one thing, appears to have changed radically while the Queen remains.’
- ‘Not that I was inclined to go round: for one thing, I had no idea what to say.’
- ‘He flags his surprise endings far too far in advance, for one thing.’
- ‘It's far too noisy, for one thing, plus we're all phenomenally busy, a fact that should delight upper management.’
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