One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative In good order; fine.‘everything is tickety-boo’
satisfactory, all right, fine, in order, acceptable, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, competentView synonyms
- ‘The situation sounds winningly tickety-boo given that I only understand one sentence in 50.’
- ‘A liberal spraying of spot lawn weeder and all was tickety-boo.’
- ‘They had been heading to another town but stopped in Majar Kabir ‘to check everything was tickety-boo,’ as one senior British soldier told The Observer.’
- ‘Hoon must go, but first he must sort out all his advisers who were telling him everything was tickety-boo and it obviously wasn't.’
- ‘‘It would be wrong to buy a business which is 100% tickety-boo because then you would almost certainly have overpaid for it,’ Locke says.’
- ‘When matrons ran hospitals and made morning rounds, everything on the wards had to be tickety-boo.’
1930s: perhaps from Hindi ṭhīk hai ‘all right’.
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