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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.

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.
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In a recent 1,500 word analysis, the online global intelligence company STRATFOR noted that while experts have assessed the European Union (EU) and European economics and finances to a fare-thee-well, little attention has been paid to underlying factors such as European nationalism.
All performed as though they had been rehearsed to a fare-thee-well. Especially strong were Carlos Lopez, Misty Copeland, Marcelo Gomes, Erica Cornejo, and David Hallberg.
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. Bassard's close readings of two of the best-known Wheatley poems --"On Being Brought From Africa" and "To the University in Cambridge"--demonstrate that there is much left to discover in these seemingly well-known verses.
COUNTRYSIDE: I was very, very disappointed and hurt to find that Jd put out his last issue without even a fare-thee-well.
Your brilliant welfare policies have more or less destroyed the black family, with illegitimacy rates now approaching 70 percent; and nice going there with affirmative action, which has polarized things to a fare-thee-well, enabling racism on both sides, as well as costing the economy, by one estimate, four GNP points per year.
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. In the name of comprehensiveness, fairness, and legal defensibility, regulators feel bound to take all contingencies into account.