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Every Tom, Dick, and Harry : Phrases


Everyone, all ordinary individuals.


The company's newest model should appeal to
every Tom, Dick, and Harry.


The use of masculine names in this phrase dates from Shakespeare's time (he used
Tom, Dick, and Francis in I Henry IV), but the current usage dates from the early 1800s.

Variants: "Every mother's son" (1583) & "Every man Jack" 1800s). These 2 variants are British and occasionally used in America.

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