to a t


to a t

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

  1. to a T, exactly; perfectly: That job would suit you to a T.Also to a tee.

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.

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