very thing

the very thing

Exactly what is most ideal, desired, or useful in a particular moment or situation. I'm telling you, when you're hungover, a big basket of French fries is the very thing! I have the very thing to wear with a dress that color.
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very thing

Fig. the exact thing that is required. The vacuum cleaner is the very thing for cleaning the stairs. I have the very thing to remove that stain.
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Now when I talk about our people being the most adaptive and flexible, I don't think anywhere of any of the schools that I've attended to include National War College, which I was fortunate enough to stay and be a faculty member to teach this very thing, or at Air Command and Staff College, or Squadron Officers School or the weapons schools of both the Navy and the Air Force that I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend, nowhere in there did it talk about hooking a guy on a horseback with a laptop to a B-52 or a B-1 over the top of northern Afghanistan to strike Taliban and al-Qaida formations without infantry to bear on the problem.
Copaxone's active ingredient (glatiramer acetate) resembles the structure of the basic protein of myelin--the very thing our immune system likes to snack on, which causes us to move and hurt and klutz around the way we do.
I remember in the early 1960s when my Franciscan novice master told us, "You're communists now." Although he was right, it was sort of unbelievable that the very thing that we had been raised to think was horrible, was, in fact, what we were.
I couldn't be more pleased to see that you have focused on that very thing. We have some tangible examples of how this sort of thinking has helped us out, even though we are still working hard to get this kind of thinking going.
The things that the Christian church can proclaim through the witness of the Bible are the very things that this world does not know how to take very seriously.
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