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    Idiom

    1. Thanks a bunch.
    2. Thanks a lot.

    According to cambridge dictionary, these idioms have the same meaning as "thanks for nothing". But, I found that many people use them in order to express their thanks. I once watched a film, a man said, "thanks a bunch" when he's annoyed.

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    Re: Idiom

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    Both phrases do express thanks for something, but sometimes may be used sarcastically as 'thanks for nothing', I am surprised that the Cambridge dictionary only suggests the negative meaning for them, although thanks a bunch tends to be negative most of the time
    Telling which meaning they are used as is unfortunately not easy sometimes to tell, context and the tone of voice in which they are said helps people to understand which meaning it is.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Apr-2015 at 09:01. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Idiom

    Here's the link (I think)
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...ks-for-nothing
    I'm surprised I can't find headings for "thanks a lot" or "thanks a bunch". If you are unsure, riswan, you should look at 2 or 3 dictionaries. There are plenty there.
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/thanks_a_lot
    "Thanks a lot" in AusE is usually meant literally, not sarcastically.

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