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1. Very neat and organized. Everything in the house has to be just so when my mother gets here, or we'll never hear the end of it.
2. To the same extent as someone or something else. Geez, you drive just so slow as Dad. Let's pick up the pace!
3. As long as; provided that. A: "Is it OK if I take the train? "B: "Sure, just so you get here by 8."
4. expression Yes, that's right; I agree. A: "We really need to work hard on this project." B: "Just so!"
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1. in perfect order; neat and tidy. Her hair is always just so. Their front yard is just so.
2. Precisely right!; Quite right! (Usually Just so!) Bill: The letter should arrive tomorrow. Tom: Just so! Jane: We must always try our best. Martin: Just so!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Precisely in that way, very carefully and appropriately, as in The children had to be dressed just so for their aunt's wedding. [Mid-1700s]
2. I agree, that is correct, as in The house was a mess.-Just so; I told her to clean the place up. [Mid-1700s]
3. See just as, def. 2.
4. See as long as, def. 3.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1 as it should be; with everything in its proper place or with everything done properly: He likes his office to be just so, with everything in its place.
2 (old-fashioned, formal) yes, I agree: ‘This must never happen again.’ ‘Just so.’
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