just what the doctor ordered


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just what the doctor ordered

Exactly the thing that is or was needed to help improve something or make one feel better. A short nap is just what the doctor ordered. You'll feel refreshed in no time. New lighting is just what the doctor ordered for the waiting room—it looks so much cheerier in here now!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

just what the doctor ordered

Fig. exactly what is required, especially for health or comfort. That meal was delicious, Bob. Just what the doctor ordered. Bob: Would you like something to drink? Mary: Yes, a cold glass of water would be just what the doctor ordered.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

just what the doctor ordered

Exactly what was needed. For example, This steak is just what the doctor ordered, or You've been a great help in our office-just what the doctor ordered. This expression alludes to a physician's prescription for a cure. [First half of 1900s]
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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.

just what the doctor ordered

If you say that something is just what the doctor ordered, you mean that it is extremely enjoyable or useful and helps to make you feel better or to improve a situation. `Meatballs in tomato sauce!' Max exclaimed happily. `Just what the doctor ordered.' A few days' break in Honolulu was just what the doctor ordered.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

just what the doctor ˈordered

(humorous, saying) exactly what somebody wants or needs: Ah, a long, cool, refreshing drink! Just what the doctor ordered!
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just what the doctor ordered

n. exactly what is needed. This nice cool beer is just what the doctor ordered.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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