to a t

T, t

[tee]
noun, plural T's or Ts, t's or ts.
1.
the 20th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter T or t, as in tub, but, or butter.
3.
something having the shape of a T .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter T or t.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter T or t.
Idioms
6.
to a T, exactly; perfectly: That job would suit you to a T. Also, to a tee.
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to a T

Also, to a turn. Perfectly, exactly right, as in The description fitted him to a T, or The roast was done to a turn. The first expression, dating from the late 1600s, may allude to the T-square, used for accurate drawing, but some think it refers to crossing one's T's. The variant alludes to meat being turned on a spit until it is cooked to the proper degree. The variant was first recorded in 1780.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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