just

1
[ juhst ]
/ dʒʌst /

adjective

adverb

Idioms

    just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged: My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.

Origin of just

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1325–75; Middle English < Latin jūstus righteous, equivalent to jūs law, right + -tus adj. suffix
Can be confusedgist jest just
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British Dictionary definitions for just so

just


adjective (dʒʌst)

adverb (dʒʌst, unstressed dʒəst)

Derived Formsjustly, adverbjustness, noun

Word Origin for just

C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice

usage

The use of just with exactly (it's just exactly what they want) is redundant and should be avoided: it's exactly what they want
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Idioms and Phrases with just so (1 of 2)

just so


1

Precisely in that way, very carefully and appropriately, as in The children had to be dressed just so for their aunt's wedding. [Mid-1700s]

2

I agree, that is correct, as in The house was a mess.—Just so; I told her to clean the place up. [Mid-1700s]

3

See just as, def. 2.

4

See as long as, def. 3.

Idioms and Phrases with just so (2 of 2)

just


In addition to the idioms beginning with just

  • just about
  • just a minute
  • just as
  • just as soon
  • just deserts
  • just folks
  • just for the record
  • just in case
  • just in time
  • just like that
  • just now
  • just one of those things
  • just so
  • just the same
  • just the ticket
  • just what the doctor ordered

also see:

  • all (just) the same
  • get it (you just don't)
  • take it (just so much)

Also see underjustice.

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