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inch-perfect

Extremely accurate; very well placed or perfectly judged. (Used especially of maneuvers, moves, or shots in sport.) Primarily heard in UK. With only a few seconds left, the striker managed an inch-perfect goal from midfield.

let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) I know you want your research paper to be great, but don't let perfect be the enemy of good, or you won't even finish it in time! As a manager, you have to realize both the potential and the limits of your employees, so be sure not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
See also: enemy, good, let, of, perfect

perfect storm

A chance or rare combination of individual elements, circumstances, or events that together form a disastrous, catastrophic, or extremely unpleasant problem or difficulty. The incumbent mayor's re-election campaign is getting underway amidst a perfect storm of allegations and news stories about corruption, tax evasion, and racketeering within the city's government. The oil crisis has set off a perfect storm in the Middle East, where foreign leaders have depended on its economic stability to keep their warring countries from absolute chaos and anarchy.
See also: perfect, storm

pitch-perfect

Reaching or conveying the exactly right note or tone. The phrase refers to music but it is often applied to writing and other things. After her pitch-perfect rendition, I definitely think we should ask Meredith to join the choir. This is a pitch-perfect parody of Hemingway's writing style, don't you think?

picture perfect

Exactly as desired in every detail. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) My goodness, what a party. Everything as picture perfect. She's obsessed with having a picture-perfect wedding.
See also: perfect, picture

practice makes perfect

Only by practicing or repeatedly doing something can one become proficient or skillful at it. A: "I just can't seem to get the rhythm of this song quire right." B: "Keep at it—practice makes perfect!" You can't expect to start a new sport and be amazing at it right away. As is always the case, practice makes perfect.
See also: make, perfect, practice

in an perfect world

If things existed or happened exactly as one would like. Well, in an perfect world I'd be able to take time off for paternity leave without having it affect my pay, but at least I get to take the time off at all! Well, we'd be able to provide healthcare services to every citizen without charge in an perfect world, but unfortunately that's never going to happen.
See also: perfect, world

in an ideal world

If things existed or happened exactly as one would like. Well, in an ideal world I'd be able to take time off for paternity leave without having it affect my pay, but at least I get to take the time off at all! Well, we'd be able to provide healthcare services to every citizen without charge in an ideal world, but unfortunately that's never going to happen.
See also: ideal, world

perfect stranger

 and total stranger
Fig. a person who is completely unknown [to oneself]. I was stopped on the street by a perfect stranger who wanted to know my name. If a total stranger asked me such a personal question, I am sure I would not answer!
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picture perfect

Fig. looking exactly correct or right. (Hyphenated as a modifier.) At last, everything was picture perfect. Nothing less than a picture-perfect party table will do.
See also: perfect, picture

Practice makes perfect.

Prov. Cliché Doing something over and over again is the only way to learn to do it well. Jill: I'm not going to try to play the piano anymore. I always make so many mistakes. Jane: Don't give up. Practice makes perfect. Child: How come you're so good at peeling potatoes? Father: I did it a lot in the army, and practice makes perfect.
See also: make, perfect, practice

practice makes perfect

Frequently doing something makes one better at doing it, as in I've knit at least a hundred sweaters, but in my case practice hasn't made perfect. This proverbial expression was once put as Use makes mastery, but by 1560 the present form had become established.
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practice makes perfect

COMMON People say practice makes perfect to mean that if you practise something enough, you will eventually be able to do it perfectly. It is like learning to ride a bike. You may fall off a few times but practice makes perfect.
See also: make, perfect, practice

practice makes perfect

regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it.
See also: make, perfect, practice

ˌpractice makes ˈperfect

(saying) a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly you will become very good at it: If you want to learn a language, speak it as much as you can. Practice makes perfect!
See also: make, perfect, practice

in an ˌideal/a ˌperfect ˈworld

used to say that something is what you would like to happen or what should happen, but you know it cannot: In an ideal world we would be recycling and reusing everything.
See also: ideal, perfect, world
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6) James Peele, The Pathe waye to perfectnes, in th'accomptes of Debitour, and Creditour: in manner of a Dialogue .
Reexamination of the Perfectness Concept for Equilibrium Points in Extensive-Form Games," International Journal of Game Theory, 4: 25-55.
As Elia admires the "little, lawless, azure-tinctured grotesques" on their tea-cups, Bridget yearns for a past when, though poorer, they took more pleasure in infrequent small luxuries, such as a holiday at Enfield or an old folio Elia had sacrificed for - "and when we were exploring the perfectness of it (collating you called it) - and while I was repairing some of the loose leaves with paste, which your patience would not suffer to be left till day-break - was there no pleasure in being a poor man?
At the time subgame perfectness had just made its appearance in the game theory literature, but I was in rural England, far removed from the centers of game theory like Stanford, and had never heard of the concept.
Our appetites have commonly confined our views of ripeness and its phenomena, color, mellowness, and perfectness, to the fruits which we eat, and we are wont to forget that an immense harvest which we do not eat, hardly use at all, is annually ripened by Nature.
Naarak Studio always assure the perfectness and usability of their software products with zero defects while guaranteeing the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
Neat EVA crystallizes into the same crystal phase with low perfectness due to the absence of the (200) peak and the weak intensities of (110) and (020) peaks at 21.
It should be added that like in case of material values, relative excess of development of personal services sphere, for example, is inherent not just to leisure, but to leisure, differentiated as regards "star-rating", luxury, perfectness etc.
ev,co] on the ordinate, PLR on the abscissa and thermodynamic Second-Law perfectness in the color map.
While the first mode alludes to the utmost poverty of being, the fourth mode designates the perfectness (the God) that surpasses the being.
In Section 2 we give basic notation and the definition of perfectness in Definition 2.
If you missed it on the big screen, then the DVD release of his latest movie, eCyLeatherheadseCO gives you the chance to catch up on what His Perfectness has been up to.
On edge perfectness and classes of bipartite graphs", Discrete Mathematics 149: 159-187, 1996.
Think better, investment of self-interest, consistent of believe, as become as thought, think faster, avoiding doubtful ideas, grabbing opportunities, crossing hardships, thinking differently, making success from failures, essentials of success, learning everything, conversion of dream to reality, confidence developments, goal focus / achievement, reason analysis, job involvement, perfectness making, creation & improvement of self-power, self-talent, self-honesty, self-pride, self-encouragement, self-inspiration, comparisons of win-lose and right-wrong, baseline of high performance, proving credibility and using benchmarking for motivation.