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dovetail with (something)

1. Literally, to fit together with another piece through the use of a dovetail joint. A: "I think that part of the table is supposed to dovetail with this one." B: "No, it doesn't fit."
2. To go along nicely with something. Well, if my schedule ends up dovetailing with yours, maybe we can meet up for lunch after all.
See also: dovetail
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dovetail with something

1. . Lit. to interlock tightly with something using a dovetail joint. The side of the drawer dovetails with the front of the drawer.
2. Fig. to fit neatly into something. Your story doesn't dovetail with mine very well.
See also: dovetail
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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