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to a fare-thee-well

1. To a state or condition of utmost perfection or completion. Her new house is absolutely gorgeous! They've designed it to a fare-thee-well.
2. To the greatest or furthest degree possible. After the economy crashed, the government began whittling down social welfare to a fare-thee-well. The home team trounced their opponents, beating them to a fare-thee-well.

fare thee well

The highest degree; perfection. Wow, you really played that part to a fare thee well—I'm so impressed!
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standard fare

A common occurrence. Smashed instruments are standard fare at a rock concert. Arguments are standard fare for the Smith family at Thanksgiving, believe me.
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Lenten fare

1. Literally, food that does not contain meat and may therefore be served during the Christian observance of Lent. Mom is serving our usual Lenten fare of battered cod and boiled potatoes again tonight.
2. By extension, meager meals or rations, especially those that contain no meat. The stranded sailor survived for nearly three months on a Lenten fare of wild vegetables and fish caught with a rudimentary net.
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fare against (someone or something)

To perform or work well in comparison to someone or something else. I wonder how they will fare against the top-seeded team in the division.
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fare up

To perform or work well in comparison to someone or something else. I wonder if they will fare up to the top-seeded team in the division.
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to a fare-thee-well

To the most extreme degree, especially a condition of perfection. For example, We've cleaned the house to a fare-thee-well, or He played the part of martyr to a fare-thee-well. This term first appeared as to a fare-you-well in the late 1800s, and the more archaic-sounding present form replaced it about 1940.

to a fare-thee-well

to perfection; thoroughly. US
This expression is of late 18th-century American origin, and is also found in the form to a fare-you-well .
1911 R. D. Saunders Colonel Todhunter The fight's begun, and we've got to rally around old Bill Strickland to a fare-you-well.

Lenten fare

meagre rations that do not include meat.
Lenten fare is literally food appropriate to Lent , the Christian season of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Saturday in commemoration of Jesus's forty days of fasting in the wilderness.
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fare against

To perform or function at a level comparable with that of something or someone else: I wonder how well the new car models fare against the old ones.
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fare up

To perform or function successfully at a level comparable with or equal to that of something or someone else; fare against: They worked hard to win the competition, but in the end they didn't fare up. My performance didn't fare up to that of the other players.
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A blind person, purchasing a ticket at an unattended light rail station, with no Braille or speech on the vending machine and no telephone to call for assistance, can look for a passerby or fellow passenger to help, or otherwise board the train without a ticket and try to convince the fare inspector or police officer of the circumstance.
Round-trip air fare on BWIA from JFK Airport in New York City to Barbados, for example, costs $398 for weekday travel and $438 on weekends for a 14-day advance nonrefundable ticket.
Air fares declined, service increased, and the number of passengers mushroomed.
1 -- 2) At left, members of the Bus Riders Union wait pensively Thursday for the MTA board to vote on a proposal to raise fares.
Delta Air Lines announced its new SimpliFares on Wednesday, a simplified fare structure that cuts fares in the 48 contiguous U.
A decision on the fare hike is expected later this summer.
Under the proposed hike, the standard fare would go up from $1.
BBB experience in the area of truthful advertising suggests that such changes "would open wide the door to the use of 'come on' ads that state a fare lower than the real full fare or price.
AirTran Airways launched a sale for flights to all of the airline's destinations with fares starting as low as $39 each way.
The user interface offers advanced navigation techniques with a large choice of available options for online travelers to decide on times, dates, fares, and fare conditions.
See below for important terms and conditions related to the fare sale.
Burke said bus service is improving and will improve further next year, and should convince bus riders that the proposed fare increases are fair, he said.
In addition, a special $499 introductory fare is available via http://www.
American's one-way, walk-up coach fare on nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and five Los Angeles-area airports will be priced from $199, with other one-way fares of $99 with a 14-day advance purchase and no Saturday-night stay requirements.