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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THOUSAND

Did he say anything about what he had done with this thousand dollars or more?

He thinks you're dying to hear how he made the first thousand of himself.

The clock struck twelve, and it seemed as if it struck a thousand.

A thousand pounds is a heavy venture for one so straitened as I am.

These trees are reputed to have flourished for much more than a thousand years.

Out there in the dark there is the wild tattoo of a thousand rifles; and hark!

If it had been one in a thousand she would have said the same.

I'd give a thousand dollars, if I had it, to be free of this job.

A thousand schemes were afloat in his mind about the future, of the most improbable kind.

Promise me not to marry this man, and I will settle on you a thousand a year—safe.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þusend, from Proto-Germanic *thusundi (cf. Old Frisian thusend, Dutch duizend, Old High German dusunt, German tausend, Old Norse þusund, Gothic þusundi).

Related to words in Balto-Slavic (cf. Lithuanian tukstantis, Old Church Slavonic tysashta, Polish tysiąc, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "several hundred" or "a great multitude" (with first element perhaps related to Sanskrit tawas "strong, force").

Used to translate Greek khilias, Latin mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general Indo-European word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) is presumably named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.

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