to a fare-thee-well

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.

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.
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They fit right in with more traditional tales of moonshine runners, loving grandmas and slaves yearning for freedom, all sung with pristine mountain passion and picked to a fare-thee-well.
All performed as though they had been rehearsed to a fare-thee-well.
One can say that, of all early African American authors, Phillis Wheatley--along with Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass--would be the most in danger of being studied to a fare-thee-well.
Whether it is a nursing home encounter, an industry's waste disposal policies, or what have you, an institution's actions can be analyzed to a fare-thee-well.
Of course, for film fans, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will never be Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, despite the newer pair having played the parts of conniving operator Max and his tremulous accountant, Leo Bloom, to a fare-thee-well in New York and London.
More significant was the very mounting of a Wagner opera in Disney Hall, where the sheer force of a symphony orchestra - not incidentally conducted to a fare-thee-well by a music director determined to impress - couldn't help but overwhelm even the mightiest dramatic soprano or heldentenor.
Irish-inspired reels, haunting hymns, furious fiddle tunes and lovely laments of loss and longing, all orchestrated and harmonized to a fare-thee-well.