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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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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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Fareed said that one of the policemen died on the spot, two in the DHQ Hospital and another on way to the Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad.
Fareed Asadi has joined Black Pearl Capital as chairman, effective March 1, 2009.
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By Rafael Nam The sleepy South Korean city of Asan is a long way from Baghdad, but 19-year-old Iraqi Dany Riad Fareed looks perfectly at home as he plays soccer on a grassy pitch.
To his credit, Harris is willing to cite contrary views, such as Fareed Zakaria's in The Future of Freedom that, "The trouble with thundering declarations about Islam's 'nature' is that Islam, like any religion, is not what books make it, but what people make it.
In a recent essay, Newsweek's international affairs editor Fareed Zakaria (CFR) pointed out that the WTO is, in effect, a UN with teeth.
Figures from academia, politics, and media--Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, Fred Kaplan, Kenneth Pollack, Fareed Zakaria, Jeff Jarvis, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Ignatieff, and many others--defended the forward strategy as the main objective of the war.