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the very thing

Meaning: If you say something is the very thing, you think it's exactly what's needed.

For example:

  • Where did you get that old record player? It's the very thing for playing those jazz records I found in the attic.

  • Let's get that painting for the office. It's the very thing to brighten the place up.

Quick Quiz:

If my students want to do a fun activity, I've got something that's the very thing. It's
  1. a difficult test on the past perfect tense
  2. a long lecture on grammar
  3. an ESL quiz game called "Word Up"

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