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thongs /‘θɒŋs/  

(plural noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

Flat rubber sandals, with two straps which divide the big toe from the other toes. In the UK and the US they are called ‘flip flops’.

Example: Closed toe shoes are better than sandals as they provide some protection for unwary toes! Thongs or other flip-flop style shoes are not appropriate as you need to be able to turn and walk backwards without them falling off. (


Thongs for sale at a market in the suburb of Port Adelaide

(photo by Julia Miller)