dovetail with (something)

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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

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
References in classic literature ?
Many similar outrages, that dovetailed with the plot of the revolutionists, were given.
The workshops, which dovetailed with the curriculum of each participating school, included exercises that got the students actually dancing.
Posthumous attention to Overby has tended to focus on the more art-historically palatable side of his oeuvre, such as his cast-latex pieces-- works that neatly dovetailed with the post-Minimalist tendencies of the late '60s and early '70s (and earned brownie points in the '90s alongside the revival of such gestures by artists like Rachel Whiteread).