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THREAD. A figurative expression used to signify the central line of a stream or water course. Harg. Tracts, 5; 4 Mason's Rep. 397; Holt's R. 490. Vide Filum aguae; Island; Water course; River.

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Director Fred Schepisi, working from his own, sharp, observant script based on Graham Swift's award-winning novel, juggles it all with consummate skill and never loses the thread.
Once ``Rhyme and Reason'' loses the thread of rap history and becomes a forum on topics such as violence, sexism, record companies, money and careers, its momentum dissipates.
He's vague, loses the thread, and can't quite get his words out.