Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
Related to fare-thee-well: mayest, mayst, wouldst, shalt


1. A condition of utmost perfection: played the part of the martyr to a fare-thee-well.
2. The most extreme degree: beat his opponent in the match to a veritable fare-thee-well.

[From fare thee well, may it go well with you, goodbye.]




informal chiefly US a state of perfection: the steak was cooked to a fare-thee-well.


1. a state of perfection.
2. the maximum effect; fullest measure or extent.
Sometimes, fare′-you-well`.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fare-thee-well - state of perfection; the utmost degree; "they polished the furniture to a fare-thee-well"
flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection - the state of being without a flaw or defect
References in periodicals archive ?
In a recent 1,500 word analysis, the online global intelligence company STRATFOR noted that while experts have assessed the European Union (EU) and European economics and finances to a fare-thee-well, little attention has been paid to underlying factors such as European nationalism.
They fit right in with more traditional tales of moonshine runners, loving grandmas and slaves yearning for freedom, all sung with pristine mountain passion and picked to a fare-thee-well.
One can say that, of all early African American authors, Phillis Wheatley--along with Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass--would be the most in danger of being studied to a fare-thee-well.
Of course, for film fans, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will never be Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, despite the newer pair having played the parts of conniving operator Max and his tremulous accountant, Leo Bloom, to a fare-thee-well in New York and London.
More significant was the very mounting of a Wagner opera in Disney Hall, where the sheer force of a symphony orchestra - not incidentally conducted to a fare-thee-well by a music director determined to impress - couldn't help but overwhelm even the mightiest dramatic soprano or heldentenor.
Irish-inspired reels, haunting hymns, furious fiddle tunes and lovely laments of loss and longing, all orchestrated and harmonized to a fare-thee-well.