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to a tee
Perfectly; completely; exactly. More commonly seen as "to a T." The origin of the phrase is uncertain. You look beautiful. That color really suits you to a tee. You have to make sure the fabric lines up to a tee, or the stitching will start coming out before too long. Bold, reckless, and daring—that fits him to a tee all right.
1. To begin a game of golf by hitting the ball on the first hole. We tee off at 9 AM, so you should arrive at the golf course around 8:30. It was already nearing 90 degrees when we teed off, so we weren't sure if we would make it through all 18 holes.
2. By extension, to begin or mark the beginning of something; to kick something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "off." They teed off the party with a game of musical chairs. Let's tee things off with some brainstorming exercises.
3. To make someone particularly annoyed, angry, or frustrated. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "off." It really tees me off the way people drive in the bus lane, when they clearly aren't supposed to! Nothing teed my mom off more than having guests come into the house with dirty shoes.
1. To place a golf ball on a tee and line oneself up to take a shot. Please by quiet while other players are teeing up. He teed up and hit the ball, only to see it disappear into the sand trap.
2. To put a ball of some kind into the proper position ahead of a shot. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "up." The kicker teed the ball up and delivered an amazing shot through the keeper's hands to the top-right corner of the net.
3. To put someone or something into a position of readiness for some imminent action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "up." Senators from both political parties helped tee up the legislation, with a vote expected as early as Tuesday. The reduction of interest rates by the federal reserve has teed the economy up for explosive growth in the coming year. The mayor's statement teed up his opponent for a barrage of scathing accusations.
1. Lit. to start the first hole in a game of golf. It's time to tee off. Let's get on the course. What time do we tee off?
2. Fig. to begin [doing anything]; to be the first one to start something. The master of ceremonies teed off with a few jokes and then introduced the first act. Everyone is seated and ready to begin. Why don't you tee off?
tee someone off
Sl. to make someone angry. (See also teed off.) That really teed me off! Well, you sure managed to tee off everybody!
Inf. angry. I'm not teed off! I'm enraged. I was so teed off I could have spit!
Sl. intoxicated. She was totally teed up by midnight. Tom was too teed to drive.
1. Start or begin, as in We teed off the fundraising drive with a banquet. This usage is a metaphor taken from golf, where tee off means "start play by driving a golf ball from the tee." [Second half of 1900s]
2. Make angry or irritated, as in That rude comment teed him off, or I was teed off because it rained all weekend. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see tick off.
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COMMON People use to a tee or to a T to mean that something is perfectly or exactly right. The description of the thieves fitted them to a tee. Note: People also say down to a tee or down to a T. The job suits him down to a tee. Lucy wanted perfection, and everything had to be exactly right, rehearsed down to a T. Note: People say that someone has something down to a tee or down to a T to mean that they have practised it and are now able to do it perfectly. He had the organization of the event down to a tee, writing each person an individual letter about it all. Note: T stands for `tittle', a small mark in printing such as the dot over an i. The expression refers to writing being very clear and exactly right.
to a ˈT/ˈtee(British English, informal) exactly; perfectly: This new job suits me to a T (= it is perfect for me). ♢ This portrait is excellent — it’s Rosemary to a T. This may be a short form of the old phrase to a tittle which meant ‘to the smallest detail’. A tittle was a small mark or point on a letter.
1. To drive a golf ball from the tee: The golfer teed off with a 300-yard drive.
2. To hit something or someone solidly with a sweeping blow or stroke: The batter teed off on the pitch and the ball flew over the outfield wall. The boxer was staggering, and his opponent teed off with a hard right-hand punch.
3. To start or begin something: They teed off the fundraising campaign with a dinner. We teed the evening off with cocktails at the hotel.
4. To start; begin: The conference will tee off Saturday morning.
5. Slang To make someone angry or disgusted: These phone solicitations really tee me off. The rude remarks teed off the speaker.
6. tee off on Slang To attack someone verbally: Critics teed off on the mayor for failing to balance the budget.
To place some ball on a tee: The golfer bent over and teed the ball up. The kicker teed up the football and stepped backward. The golfer pulled out a golf club and teed up.
tee someone off
tv. to make someone angry. (see also teed off.) Well, you sure managed to tee off everybody!
mod. angry. I was so teed off I could have spit!
mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. She was totally teed up by midnight.
See teed up
1. in. to urinate. (Juvenile. Usually objectionable.) Jimmy, please go tee-tee before we leave.
2. n. urine. (Juvenile. Usually objectionable.) There’s tee-tee on the floor.
to a tee
Perfectly; exactly: a plan that suits me to a tee.