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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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Lenten fare

1. Literally, food that does not contain meat and may therefore be served during the Christian observance of Lent. Mom is serving our usual Lenten fare of battered cod and boiled potatoes again tonight.
2. By extension, meager meals or rations, especially those that contain no meat. The stranded sailor survived for nearly three months on a Lenten fare of wild vegetables and fish caught with a rudimentary net.
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fare against (someone or something)

To perform or work well in comparison to someone or something else. I wonder how they will fare against the top-seeded team in the division.
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fare up

To perform or work well in comparison to someone or something else. I wonder if they will fare up to the top-seeded team in the division.
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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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The differential between YCA and--CA fares varies market-by-market and ranges from $1 to $446, with the average being $64 in Fiscal Year 2004.
CTA implemented its Transit Card, an automatic fare card system for its busses and rail systems, in spring and summer 1997.
Thomas, the cost of the package would be $459 from Miami, and the add-on round-trip air fare from Dallas would be $256 presumably because Aruba is much farther away.
Information technology-the capacity to assemble and manipulate complex combinations of fares and schedules-gave airlines the ability to target different ticket prices to different kinds of passengers with remarkable sophistication and precision.
But Hahn said he was unconvinced that the agency needed the $14 million in revenue the fare hike will generate its first year.
American Airlines matched the newly lowered and capped fares of Delta in thousands of markets, also eliminating Saturday-night stays in most domestic arenas.
The public hearing to take comments on the fare hike grew so unruly so fast that directors called a recess after about 40 minutes of testimony, walking out of the MTA board room as audience members jeered.
Fitch cannot rule the possibility of additional fare adjustments, including reductions, to build ridership with the goal of establishing a firm base level of demand with the potential for further growth.
Independence Air is proud to announce its "Falling Fares Sale," offering customers the chance to fly at special fares to every one of its current and announced future destinations for travel booked by November 8, 2004 and completed by February 15, 2005.
The MTA cannot raise fares while that dispute continues, Burgos said.
This option would require no more than what many airlines now do in setting out fares on their Web sites.
American Airlines increased most domestic US and US-Canada fares $5 one- way and $10 roundtrip to help offset the continuing high cost of jet fuel.
Fares and other sources of income are expected to provide about $276 million in revenues, up $24.
87 percent of respondents also expect to see a wide selection of dates, schedules and fares.
Effectively immediately, Aer Lingus has also reduced economy fares by 20-30 percent, and closed the gap between its highest and lowest fares.