thank [ θæŋk ] verb transitive ***
to tell someone that you are grateful for something they have done or given to you:
She didn't even thank me.
thank someone for something: I just wanted to thank you for the flowers, they're beautiful.
thank someone for doing something: I'd like to thank everybody for coming along today.
I thanked him for his help and left.
have someone to thank (for something)
1. ) used in a positive way to say who is responsible for something good:
We have Marcia to thank for getting us out of the meeting early.
2. ) used in a negative way to say who you blame for something bad:
I suppose I have you to thank for this mess.
I'll thank you to do something SPOKEN FORMAL
used for telling someone to do something so that they stop annoying you:
I'll thank you to be quiet.
thank God/goodness/heaven(s) SPOKEN
1. ) used for saying that you are happy that something unpleasant has stopped or has not happened:
Thank heaven nobody was injured in the crash.
It's OK, I've found the keys. Thank God for that.
2. ) used for saying that you are lucky to have something:
Look at all these dishes thank goodness for dishwashers.
thank your lucky stars SPOKEN
to feel lucky, especially because something unpleasant has not happened:
He is thanking his lucky stars for a narrow escape.
thank your lucky stars (that): I was thanking my lucky stars he was alive.
someone will not thank you (for something)
used for saying that someone will not be pleased if you do something:
Future generations will not thank us for wasting resources.
you'll thank me for something SPOKEN
used for saying that someone should not be upset about something you have done, because they will later realize that it was good for them:
This is going to do you a lot of good. You'll thank me for it one day.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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