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    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Is the expression "Tom, Dick and Harry" common in all English variants, say AmE, BrE and AustEng for example?

    Are there other alternative forms?

    Does this expression has a feminine version, for example how would someone say "Her mother could be any Tom, Dick or Harry"?

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    Re: Tom, Dick and Harry

    I'm from the US, and I find it pretty common. The other one that comes to mind is "everyone and his brother."

    I would not use it for a woman, but I wouldn't use your sentence for a male either. It's used to show how widespread something is, or how much something could apply to absolutely anyone. All th examples that come readily to mind for me are "every Tom, Dick, and Harry" not "any Tom, Dick, and Harry." That may be particular to me - I didn't check Google on that.

    Every Tom, Dick, and Harry is going to want one of these!
    You can't just go out and try to save every Tom, Dick, and Harry you meet.

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