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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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Fans of Jasper Fforde's pan-literary romps may make the effort to puzzle out a lost thread or reference.
Reason of removal of IUCD among these women bleeding problems (30%), Pain in abdomen 20%, pressure from family 20% did not want to continue 5% and women who had history of lost thread 25% but diagnosed on ultrasound in situ CuT also did not want to continue and insisted for removal.
An emphasis on responses to the French Revolution in the early chapters quickly becomes a lost thread, and it is not clear that much agreement about the meaning of democracy would be forged among the lead figures in the book's sixteen chapters even if we could somehow convene them in executive session.