just what the doctor ordered

Exactly what was needed. For example, This steak is just what the doctor ordered, or You've been a great help in our office—just what the doctor ordered. This expression alludes to a physician's prescription for a cure. [First half of 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. just now,
  2. just one of those things,
  3. just so,
  4. just the same,
  5. just the ticket,
  6. just-in-time,
  7. justaucorps,
  8. juste-milieu,
  9. justice,
  10. justice court

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