• Toyota Builds Thicket of Patents Around Hybrid To Block Competitors
Potential Conflicts Abound in Government Role
Even after nine months of extraordinary government intervention, the scope and complexity of the GM rescue present a thicket of conflicts unlike any seen before in Washington.
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... definition is so fuzzy that it ought to be operationally defined! I fear such a suggestion is calculated to lead one into the thickets of Russell-type ...
A decade ago, Sen. John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate the banking and insurance industries, helping to sweep aside a thicket of rules established over decades in favor of a less restricted financial marketplace that proponents said would result in greater economic growth.
(By Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post)
Craig Barrett has been leading Intel with a steady hand for almost a decade, first as CEO and now as Chairman of the Board. He has seen the tech giant through thick and thin: the thickness of wallets during the dot-com bubble, and the thinness of demand when that bubble burst.
Through thick and thin
Through all forms of obstacle that are put in one's way.
'Through thick and thin' is one of the English language's older expressions and one that has maintained its figurative meaning over many centuries. It is venerable enough to date from the times when England was still a predominantly wooded country, with few roads and where animals grazed on what was known as wood pasture, i.e. mixed woodland and grass. The phrase originated as 'through thicket and thin wood', which was a straightforward literal description of any determined progress through the 'thick' English countryside.
The earliest citation I can find that uses our contemporary wording is in Richard Baxter's religious text A Saint Or a Brute: The Certain Necessity and Excellency of Holiness, 1662:
"Men do fancy a necessity [of holiness] where there is none, yet that will carry them through thick and thin."The phrase had been in use in Old and Middle English, in the literal 'thicket or thin wood' sense, for some centuries before that. The earliest known usage is in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Reeve's Tale:
And whan the hors was laus, he gynneth gonfoal, mare, stallion, harem
Toward the fen, ther wilde mares renne,
And forth with "wehee," thurgh thikke and thurgh thenne.
[And when the horse was loose, he begins to go
Toward the fen, where wild mares run
And forth with "wehee," through thick and through thin]
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thick (CLOSE TOGETHER)
1 growing close together and in large amounts:
thick dark hair
2 difficult to see through:
Thick, black smoke was pouring out of the chimney.
rb [I or T]
to (cause to) become thicker:
The smoke thickened rapidly.
an area of trees and bushes growing closely together
- A dense growth of shrubs or underbrush; a copse.
- Something suggestive of a dense growth of plants, as in impenetrability or thickness: “the thicket of unreality which stands between us and the facts of life” (Daniel J. Boorstin).
[Old English thiccet, from thicce, thick. See thick.]
Behind a copse of dark green conifers, bees buzz lazily over neat rows of shiny tea bushes soaking up the summer sun. A list of rules pinned to a board instructs tea-pickers not to keep long fingernails or to powder their faces; smoking is banned. Instead of pesticides, bug-zappers protect the crop from leafhoppers and other tea-loving pests.
- A destructive device, especially ne that destroys by means of electric current or radiation: a bug zapper.
- A remote-control device for switching a television set on and off and for changing channels.
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