just what the doctor ordered

just what the doctor ordered

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  • exactly what the doctor ordered


  • exactly what was wanted or needed
  • just the right thing at the right time
  • the ideal thing
  • a good thing which benefits the health or is very enjoyable
  • a situation for all to enjoy
  • something so good for you that a doctor might have written a prescription for it
  • often said about food

Example Sentences

  1. I was so hungry, and that meal was absolutely delicious! It was just what the doctor ordered.
  2. It was a good idea to take the kids out for a walk in the sunshine. Now it’s calm and quiet in the house – just what the doctor ordered.
  3. A trip to the seaside would be just what the doctor ordered for the whole family. It will give us all a chance to relax.
  4. I feel so much better after that spa treatment. It was just what the doctor ordered.
  5. Your arrival in the office happened just at the right time, Bill. You know the work inside out and have helped us tremendously. You are just what the doctor ordered.
  6. The new chef is exactly what the doctor ordered. He is a genius with a frying pan!


The phrase dates back to the first half of the 1900’s.

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