Thin is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ozone, ↑traffic
Thin is used with these nouns as the object: ↑rank
1 of solid things: not thick
be, feel, look, seem
become, wear

The fabric was wearing thin.

That joke is wearing a little thin. (figurative)

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
a little, slightly, etc.
2 not fat
be, look
become, get, grow

How do you manage to stay so thin?

extremely, fairly, very, etc.

She's tall and rather thin.

dangerously, painfully

The old horse was painfully thin.

3 of liquids
be, look, seem

The paint looks a little thin.

become, get

Be careful that the mixture doesn't get too thin.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
a little, slightly, etc.
4 of poor quality
be, seem

The evidence seems awfully thin.

become, grow, run

My patience is running thin.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
dangerously, perilously

The team is dangerously thin at wide receiver.

spread sth (too) thin, stretch sth (too) thin

You can spread yourself too thin, often leading to poor choices.

His management team was stretched thin.

thin on the ground (BrE)

Jobs were still a bit thin on the ground (= not many were available).

thin on top

He's getting a little thin on top (= losing his hair).

Thin is used with these nouns: ↑air, ↑arm, ↑atmosphere, ↑beam, ↑belt, ↑blade, ↑blanket, ↑body, ↑build, ↑cardboard, ↑chain, ↑coat, ↑coating, ↑consistency, ↑cord, ↑cotton, ↑cover, ↑crack, ↑crust, ↑deposit, ↑disguise, ↑duvet, ↑eyebrow, ↑fabric, ↑face, ↑film, ↑finger, ↑frame, ↑haze, ↑ice, ↑jacket, ↑jumper, ↑layer, ↑leather, ↑leg, ↑limb, ↑line, ↑lip, ↑liquid, ↑man, ↑margin, ↑material, ↑mattress, ↑membrane, ↑mist, ↑moustache, ↑mouth, ↑neck, ↑needle, ↑nose, ↑paint, ↑paper, ↑plastic, ↑ribbon, ↑sauce, ↑scale, ↑scar, ↑shawl, ↑sheet, ↑shoulder, ↑shred, ↑silk, ↑skin, ↑skull, ↑slice, ↑smile, ↑sock, ↑soil, ↑sole, ↑soup, ↑stem, ↑stick, ↑strand, ↑strap, ↑stream, ↑strip, ↑stripe, ↑stroke, ↑sweater, ↑thread, ↑trail, ↑trickle, ↑tube, ↑veil, ↑veneer, ↑voice, ↑waist, ↑wall, ↑wire, ↑wrist

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