Definition of to a T in US English:

to a T


  • Exactly; to perfection.

    ‘I baked it to a T, and of course it was delicious’
    • ‘He told me to a T what you like, what you don't like, et cetera.’
    • ‘If you follow the program to a T, by month's end, you'll see a marked improvement in your scores and feel more energized and confident about your physical abilities.’
    • ‘He's polite to a T, speaks generously about everyone who comes up in conversation and has a gentle demeanour.’
    • ‘She began to tick off traits and scenarios and resistance to being responsible and for all intents and purposes, without ever having met my husband, she began describing his behaviour to a T.’
    • ‘Most important of all, though, is nutrition: You can follow the training prescriptions to a T, but if you don't eat as recommended during a mass-gaining phase, in the end you're going to strike out.’
    • ‘More broadly, I spent three years in the government working with people who followed the Internet surveillance rules to a T, many of whom themselves had strong civil libertarian instincts.’
    • ‘If I follow all the precautions and the guidelines to a T, will they be safe?’
    • ‘I believe this saying reflects my recent experiences to a T.’
    • ‘I followed her recipe to a T so I won't re-print it, but I didn't have the heart to cut out hearts since that would waste so much precious cookie.’
    • ‘It fits the character to a T: he's honest and truthful, but he's also a narcissist and a showman.’
    perfectly, just right, exactly right, to perfection
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