Definition of — a treat in English:

— a treat

phrase

British
informal
  • 1Do something specified very well or satisfactorily.

    ‘their tactics worked a treat’
    • ‘Anyway she sent this new thing and it works a treat.’
    • ‘So their visit to the north east was strictly a damage-limitation exercise - and to that extent their tactics worked a treat.’
    • ‘This may not be the medically recommended solution, but all I can say is that - on the fortunately rare occasions when it is needed - it works a treat for me.’
    • ‘The tactics worked a treat, as his mount stormed away in the closing stages.’
    • ‘Lunges are a little tricky because obviously I can't bend the prosthetic ankle but aside from that it works a treat - very sturdy and responsive.’
    • ‘Bottom club York stunned third-placed Sheffield with their tactics of tight defence and speedy breakouts working a treat.’
    • ‘If Queensland had deliberately targeted Johnson's suspect temperament ahead of the Test series, as some feared they might, then the tactic worked a treat initially.’
    • ‘As a way of keeping the jackdaws at bay, it works a treat.’
    • ‘Monkhouse's new tactic worked a treat as she went on to take the set 5-3 to force a best-of-three-ends shoot-out.’
    • ‘But for sending and receiving e-mails, it works a treat, provided you can live without attachments.’
    1. 1.1look a treat Look attractive.
      ‘he looked a treat in his suit and bowler hat’
      • ‘However, the film looks a treat, Jack McElhone is an expressive, unaffected child actor and Gibb makes sure that the film still takes a persuasive hold on the heartstrings.’
      • ‘It is now looking at its best at the moment with its bright red berries looking a treat.’
      • ‘But it is a vast improvement on the post-war British version of the tale, it looks a treat and boasts a fantastic cast of character actors sinking their teeth into Dickens' gallery of grotesques and unfortunates.’
      • ‘Silk trees are looking a treat at the moment, and despite their feathery foliage and powderpuff flowers they love the heat and are a perfect small tree for sunny back yards.’
      • ‘He is 23 years young, like myself, and is just damn cute and sweet and looks a treat out there on the court.’
      • ‘All bright lights and slick moves, the film looks a treat as it offers a highly theatrical, stylised recreation of the lawless Roaring Twenties.’
      • ‘The Christmas Lights were turned on in Clonaslee last week and along with the new street lanterns look a treat.’
      • ‘‘I got a little detergent and started cleaning it with a tissue and now he/she looks a treat,’ he said.’
      • ‘The first has all 15 episodes of the original 1949 B & R theatrical serial over its two discs and looks a treat.’
      • ‘A circular walk has been marked out and on the day of my visit in mid-March the sun was shining above a blue sky and the park looked a treat.’