What does just what the doctor ordered mean?


Idiom Meaning:

exactly what was needed


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


The Flintstones “Trouble-In-Law” (1962)

Time of Scene: n/a

Fred Flintstone: Oh, boy, how terrible can you get food?

Pearl Slaghoople: What’s the matter sonny, don’t you like the breakfast I cooked for ya?

Fred Flintstone: I seem to have lost my appetite. What is this stuff, anyway?

Pearl Slaghoople: Health food, sonny. Just what the doctor ordered.

Fred Flintstone: Then let the doctor eat it!


The Magic Christian (1969)

Time of Scene: 01:15:00

Sir Herbert: If you could please just give me some tranquilizers.

Laurence Faggot: Escape into drugs? Mask your fears in an artificial fog? Oh, surely you can’t be serious.

Sir Herbert: Oh, well. Give me some decent English aspirin!

Laurence Faggot: Here, Sir Herb, try this. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Sir Herbert: What is it?

Laurence Faggot: It’s cannabis, Sir Herb. It’ll tighten your wig.


Havana Widows (1933)

Time of Scene: n/a

Bob Jones: Something tells me, I’m just what the doctor ordered for you.

Mae Knight: Well, I may need something, but you’re not the prescription. Oh, you are what the doctor ordered!



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