Definitions

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  • proper n. The fictional character who is no bigger than his father's thumb and is the protagonist and hero of the fairy tale The History of Tom Thumb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very small person
  • n. an imaginary hero of English folklore who was no taller than his father's thumb

Etymologies

Tom + thumb (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “One time, John and me and some other people, we had to get into a place with an electrified fence, and there was an old track like this, and we got a locomotive from a circus — pretty locomotive, painted all different colors, called Tom Thumb — and we drove right through the fence.”

    Drowned Hopes

  • This is an incident of the earlier versions, omitted in deference to the critics, for which the reader will seek vainly in the play as now printed; and he will, moreover, discover that Mrs. Pilkington's memory served her imperfectly, since it is not Tom Thumb who kills the ghost, but the ghost of Tom Thumb which is killed by his jealous rival, Lord Grizzle.

    Fielding

  • This is an incident of the earlier versions, omitted in deference to the critics, for which the reader will seek vainly in the play as now printed; and he will, moreover, discover that Mrs. Pilkington’s memory served her imperfectly, since it is not Tom Thumb who kills the ghost, but the ghost of Tom Thumb which is killed by his jealous rival, Lord

    Fielding

  • No more drink for Tom Thumb said the voice in the control tower

    No more drink for Tom Thumb

  • Safeway—which operates regional chains such as Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi's and Carrs—has tried to offset such trends by selling more of its private-label products and controlling costs.

    Safeway Profit Up 6%

  • Safeway has more than 1,700 stores across the USA and Canada, including the Carr's, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Pavilions, Randall's, Tom Thumb and VONS banners.

    Safeway scales the 'seafood scorecard' by Greenpeace

  • Supermarket giant Safeway Inc., which operates Dominick's, Tom Thumb and Vons, said in a statement that these venues are more convenient than drugstores "because consumers visit grocery stores on a regular basis."

    Flu Vaccine Sales Could Use Shot in the Arm

  • Two of the most famous midgets got hitched, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren.

    Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories

  • I rarely feel inclined to rail at the Rufe, whose gentle teasings hooked me on the belief that I could actually solve these crypticisms many many years ago I started out on Everyman, but soon I hit the harder stuff ...just like Tom Thumb but 12a, while amusingly clued, the answer is not the answer.

    Cryptic crossword No 25,233

  • Safeway—which operates regional chains such as Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb , Genuardi's and Carrs—was among the companies planning to pass supplier price increases along to consumers.

    Safeway Rebounds From Write-Down

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