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thread

(thred),
1. A fine strand of suture material.
2. A filamentous structure.
[M.E., fr. A.S. thraed]

thread

(thrĕd)
1. Any thin filamentous structure (e.g., a stringy substance present in the urine in some infectious diseases of the urinary tract).
2. Suture material.
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Bobby Robson is everybody's favourite England manager but he can also lose the thread from time to time.
The argument often seems somewhat repetitive, a trait which helps selective users of the book not to lose the thread, but can seem tiring to readers of the whole work.
Unfortunately the inattentive reader can lose the thread of the author's thesis due to the sometimes-Baroque prose, long chapters, and digressions.
He noted a strange and repeated tendency on the part of the American Left to lose the thread of continuity from one generation to the next, such that each new generation feels impelled to reinvent the entire political tradition.
Though Baruch Kimmerling begins his essay by positing an exceptionally deep obsession with martyrdom in the Israeli psyche, he seems to lose the thread of his own thesis in the lengthy disquisition on Israeli exploitation of the Holocaust that follows ["Israel's Culture of Martyrdom," Jan.
Like most soap operas the plot of this one has obscure twists and turns and unless you are a devotee it is easy to lose the thread.
just love to see visitors do a double-take when they spot it and then lose the thread of their conversation.
Don't lose the thread, Daedalus told Ariadne to tell Theseus.
Looking carefully to Jalbert's argument, one finds so many fine distinctions between the validity of his conclusions and the bias of his opponent's that we often lose the thread.