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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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Oh, and just in case you've lost the thread, the Reds also won the cup a century ago.
I very quickly lost the thread of the argument and, like when watching a gangster movie shoot-out, waited for the battle to end before counting the casualties.
Has Mr Segal lost the thread of his convictions, and will he serve us up any more contradictory analysis and further selections between now and March 11?
Clyde started like aside who had a statement to make but they lost the thread somewhere along the line.
Grimaud lost the thread when she was in a more raucous state, and the myriad runs that concluded the piece seemed dunked in soup rather than polished.
If you dared to pop out for a quick cuppa then vital clues were missed and you lost the thread completely during the time it took the kettle to boil.