just what the doctor ordered

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just what the doctor ordered

Exactly what was needed. For example, This steak is just what the doctor ordered, or You've been a great help in our officejust what the doctor ordered. This expression alludes to a physician's prescription for a cure. [First half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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