to a tee
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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.
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to a T
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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.
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to a tee
Perfectly; exactly: a plan that suits me to a tee.
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