to a fare-thee-well

to a fare-thee-well

1. To a state or condition of utmost perfection or completion. Her new house is absolutely gorgeous! They've designed it to a fare-thee-well.
2. To the greatest or furthest degree possible. After the economy crashed, the government began whittling down social welfare to a fare-thee-well. The home team trounced their opponents, beating them to a fare-thee-well.

to a fare-thee-well

To the most extreme degree, especially a condition of perfection. For example, We've cleaned the house to a fare-thee-well, or He played the part of martyr to a fare-thee-well. This term first appeared as to a fare-you-well in the late 1800s, and the more archaic-sounding present form replaced it about 1940.

to a fare-thee-well

to perfection; thoroughly. US
This expression is of late 18th-century American origin, and is also found in the form to a fare-you-well .
1911 R. D. Saunders Colonel Todhunter The fight's begun, and we've got to rally around old Bill Strickland to a fare-you-well.
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All performed as though they had been rehearsed to a fare-thee-well.
One can say that, of all early African American authors, Phillis Wheatley--along with Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass--would be the most in danger of being studied to a fare-thee-well.
Whether it is a nursing home encounter, an industry's waste disposal policies, or what have you, an institution's actions can be analyzed to a fare-thee-well.