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He's the only man in the world I'd think twice about before I met him face to face.

Some one is, in all probability, left to think twice about it.

She said, ‘The girl is beautiful, but she has no money, and I tell you to think twice.’

It was well to think twice before following him in his expeditions.

Faith, I'd think twice before lookin at it meself in the dark.

You're one to think twice about your clothes, for all you look so modest.

His own children had need to think twice ere they aroused his ire.

We did stop to dinner, nor did we think twice about leaving that night.

"That will make them think twice about the matter," said the colonel, with a chuckle.

If you will only think twice, you will see that it never could be expected.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þencan "conceive in the mind, think, consider, intend" (past tense þohte, p.p. geþoht), probably originally "cause to appear to oneself," from Proto-Germanic *thankjan (cf. Old Frisian thinka, Old Saxon thenkian, Old High German denchen, German denken, Old Norse þekkja, Gothic þagkjan); Old English þencan is the causative form of the distinct Old English verb þyncan "to seem or appear" (past tense þuhte, past participle geþuht), from Proto-Germanic *thunkjan (cf. German dünken, däuchte). Both are from PIE *tong- "to think, feel" which also is the root of thought and thank. The two meanings converged in Middle English and þyncan "to seem" was absorbed, except for archaic methinks "it seems to me." Jocular past participle thunk (not historical, but by analogy of drink, sink, etc.) is recorded from 1876.

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