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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THROUGH THROUGH

You see if I can get him through—through this awful time when I can't tell just what might be the matter—it will be easy enough.

You must know I came to see a good deal of your friends, through—through—hoot!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, metathesis of Old English þurh, from West Germanic *thurkh (cf. Old Saxon thuru, Old Frisian thruch, Middle Dutch dore, Dutch door, Old High German thuruh, German durch, Gothic þairh "through"), from PIE root *tere- "to cross over, pass through, overcome" (cf. Sanskrit tirah, Avestan taro "through, beyond," Latin trans "beyond," Old Irish tre, Welsh tra "through").

Not clearly differentiated from thorough until early Modern English. Spelling thro was common 15c.-18c. Reformed spelling thru (1917) is mainly American English.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.