be just what the doctor ordered

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be just what the doctor ordered

To be exactly what one needed or wanted. The phrase does not usually refer to one's actual medical needs. I've been working on this paper all week, so a night out with friends is just what the doctor ordered! This beach vacation was just what the doctor ordered—I've never felt more relaxed.
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be just what the doctor ordered

be very beneficial or desirable under the circumstances. informal
1948 Gore Vidal The City and the Pillar The waiter brought her a drink. ‘Just what the doctor ordered,’ she said, smiling at him.
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Investors need to inject their own medicine in failing deals, and bringing in the right team to guide assets to success is just what the doctor ordered.