Definition of Tom, Dick, and Harry in US English:

Tom, Dick, and Harry

(also Tom, Dick, or Harry)


  • Used to refer to ordinary people in general.

    ‘he didn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry knowing their business’
    • ‘He believes that every Tom, Dick, and Harry should be able to drive on the roads, never mind what condition they are in, what attitude they have, or what condition their cars are in.’
    • ‘But now every Tom, Dick, and Harry wants a customized version of it for their organization.’
    • ‘In dating, you've narrowed the field down to Tom, Dick, and Harry.’
    • ‘As I write this, the husband is clicking his way through a number of sites reading every Tom, Dick, and Harry's experience and evaluation of the aforementioned toaster.’
    • ‘He asserted that the proposed partnership ‘was an entirely different kettle of fish to marriage’, and expressed fears that it might allow any ‘Tom, Dick, or Harry’ to join the Union.’
    • ‘In the age of nanotechnology, Death will increasingly obey the whims of Tom, Dick, and Harry, too.’
    • ‘What we didn't need last week was for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to stampede for the exits and sell everything they own.’
    • ‘Before every Tom, Dick, and Harry made a reality show, this one was something new for the masses.’
    • ‘It is a tremendous country, and we are not going to stand by and let any Tom, Dick, or Harry come here.’
    • ‘Every Tom, Dick, and Harry wanted to be getting revenge and getting paid to do it and presently Australia was the place to be to do it.’
    • ‘Since the invasions, every Tom, Dick, and Harry has got on the bandwagon to come in and poach so they can sell the meat.’
    • ‘We need to toughen up and stop allowing any Tom, Dick, and Harry in.’
    • ‘And here you are, dancing naked and running around with every Tom, Dick, and Harry.’


Tom, Dick, and Harry

/ˈtäm ˈdik and ˈharē/