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just what the doctor ordered Informal

Meaning: You can say something was just what the doctor ordered when it was exactly what was needed.

For example:

  • That was great meal, Ken. Just what the doctor ordered!

  • Kathie said she had a great time at the beach. After all those problems at work it was just what the doctor ordered.

Quick Quiz:

Monica smiled and said, "That was just what the doctor ordered," after I had
  1. given her some medicine
  2. massaged her shoulders
  3. broken her best Chinese vase

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