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a counsel of perfection
Instructions or advice given for one to attain an ideal but unfeasible or unrealizable standard. But in the current market, those enter the workforce are coming up against a counsel of perfection, demanding that they have not only a college degree or two, but also several years' experience and a huge list of professional references if they hope to find any job that pays more than minimum wage.
cook (something) to perfection
To cook something to an ideal state. Wow, this is delicious—you really cooked this chicken to perfection!
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cook something to perfection
to cook something perfectly. John cooked my steak to perfection. The entire dinner was cooked to perfection!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a counsel of perfectionadvice that is ideal but not feasible.
1986 E. Hall in Home Owner Manual Twice yearly desludging has been recommended but this is probably a counsel of perfection.
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