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Operating or existing in perfect working order or in the best condition to be hoped for. Primarily heard in US. We've got the new engine fitted to the car now, and so far it's running A-OK! I've felt A-OK since I left the hospital last week.

rule OK

To be the best; to be the most dominant or in control; to be the most favoured or supported by the public. (Used originally in relation to football clubs or local gangs in graffiti writing.) Primarily heard in UK. Someone had come with a can of black spray paint and crossed out the big "Leeds Rules OK" that was painted on the side of the school. But in this part of the country, the conservatives rule OK with almost no opposition.
See also: OK, rule

be OK

To be fine; to be not especially good or bad. A: "How have you been?" B: "Oh, I've been OK." These fries are OK, but they're not the best I've ever had.
See also: OK

(Is) everything OK?

Are you all right? How are you? Said when one suspects that the person being addressed is feeling sad or not their usual self. Everything OK? You seem kind of tense today. A: "Is everything OK?" B: "Oh yeah, everything's fine."
See also: everything

doing OK

1. Feeling fine or recovering somewhat. Typically used as a response to a question about one's well-being. Oh, I'm doing OK—the grief has begun to lessen with time. A: "How is your sister?" B: "Doing OK. It just takes a long time to get back to normal after that kind of injury."
2. A question about one's well-being. You doing OK? I know you've had a rough week at work.
See also: OK

everything's going to be all right

A phrase of comfort in times of stress or uncertainty. I know you're worried about finding a new job, but everything's going to be all right, I promise.
See also: all, going, right

be doing OK

1. To be feeling fine or coping satisfactorily. Often used as a response to a question about one's wellbeing to indicate that one is relatively well. Oh, I'm doing OK—the grief has begun to lessen with time.
2. To be performing moderately successfully. Thankfully, our business is doing OK this quarter because we've had a lot more sales.
See also: OK

give (one) the OK

To tell one that it is permissible to do something. Don't worry, the boss gave me the OK to work overtime this week.
See also: give, OK

get the OK

To receive permission or approval to do something. Don't worry, I got the OK from the boss before I started doing all this research.
See also: get, OK

everything's going to be OK

A phrase used to reassure or comfort someone. I know you're worried, but everything's going to be OK—I promise.
See also: going, OK

feeling OK

1. A phrase used to ask someone if they are feeling fine, especially when one suspects they may not be. I heard you were sick earlier this week—are you feeling OK now? Feeling OK today, Tim? You look a little under the weather.
2. Feeling fine. Yeah, I'm feeling OK, just tired.
See also: feeling, OK

(Are you) doing okay?

 and You doing okay? 
1. How are you? Mary: Doing okay? Bill: You bet! How are you? Bill: Hey, man! Are you doing okay? Tom: Sure thing! And you?
2. How are you surviving this situation or ordeal? Mary: You doing okay? Bill: Sure. What about you? Mary: I'm doing fine. Tom: Wow, that was some turbulence we just hit! Are you doing okay? Mary: I'm still a little frightened, but I'll make it.

(Are you) feeling okay?

Do you feel well? Tom: Are you feeling okay? Bill: Oh, fair to middling. Susan: Are you feeling okay? Mary: I'm still a little dizzy, but it will pass.
See also: feeling

Everything's going to be all right,

 and Everything will be all right.; Everything will be okay.; Everything will be just fine.; Everything will be great.
Do not worry, everything will be okay. "Don't worry, Fred," comforted Bill "Everything will be all right." Mary: I just don't know if I can go on! Bob: Now, now. Everything will be just fine.
See also: all, going, right

(Have you) been okay?

 and You been okay?
Inf. a vague greeting asking if one has been well. Tom: Hey, man. How you doing? Bob: I'm okay. You been okay? Tom: Sure. See you! Mary: I heard you were sick. Sally: Yes, but I'm better. Have you been okay? Mary: Oh, sure. Healthy as an ox.
See also: been

(I'm) doing okay.

1. Inf. I'm just fine. Bob: How you doing? Bill: Doing okay. And you? Bob: Things could be worse. Mary: How are things going? Sue: I'm doing fine, thanks. And you? Mary: Doing okay.
2. Inf. I'm doing as well as can be expected.; I'm feeling better. Mary: How are you feeling? Sue: I'm doing okay—as well as can be expected. Tom: I hope you're feeling better. Sally: I'm doing okay, thanks.
See also: okay

(I'm) feeling okay.

I am doing well.; I am feeling well. Alice: How are you feeling? Jane: I'm feeling okay. John: How are things going? Fred: Feeling okay.
See also: feeling, okay

(Is) everything okay?

Inf. How are you?; How are things? John: Hi, Mary. Is everything okay? Mary: Sure. What about you? John: I'm okay. Waiter: Is everything okay? Bill: Yes, it's fine.
See also: everything

(I've) been okay.

Inf. a standard response to a greeting inquiry that asks how one has been. Bill: Well, how have you been, good buddy? John: I've been okay. Sue: How you doing? Jane: Been okay. And you? Sue: The same.
See also: been, okay

(that's) fine with me

 and (that's) fine by me; (that's) okay by me; (that's) okay with me
That is agreeable as far as I am concerned. (The expressions with by are colloquial.) Sue: I'm giving away your old coat. Bob: That's fine with me. Sally: Can I take twenty dollars out of your wallet? Fred: That's okay by me—if you can find it, of course.
See also: fine

be doing OˈK/oˈkay

(informal) be successful; be making a lot of money: ‘How’s business?’ ‘We’re doing OK, thanks.’They’re doing more than okay with those new restaurants. They’re making a fortune.
See also: OK, okay

give somebody/get the OˈK/oˈkay

(informal) give somebody/receive approval or permission: I’m waiting to get the OK before I start on the project.He can’t start until his boss gives him the OK.
See also: get, give, OK, okay, somebody


See ak


mod. in the best of condition. I really feel A-OK.

Everything’s going to be okay

sent. & comp. abb. Don’t worry, everything will be fine. EGBOK. Stop fretting.
See also: going, okay


and okay
1. interj. accepted; agreed. (Initialism. From a jocular, mispelled abbreviation Oll Kerrect.) So, he said, like, “okay,” and, like, I go “okay.” So we both go “Okay.” Okay?
2. mod. acceptable. This cake is okay, but not what I would call first rate.
3. mod. acceptably. She ran okay—nothing spectacular.
4. n. (someone’s) acceptance. I won’t give the final okay until I see the plans.
5. tv. to approve something. She refused to okay our plans.
6. Go to ak.


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