just the ticket

This page is about the idiom just the ticket

British English


You can say something is just the ticket if it's the perfect thing or if it's exactly what's needed.

For example

  • That's just the ticket! Edna loves brooches, especially if they have bird designs, so she'll absolutely love this one.

  • As soon as he saw the painting, grandpa said, "That one's just the ticket. It'll look lovely over the fireplace."

This idiom is a bit old-fashioned, but it's still common among older people. In North America people tend to say "That's the ticket" (without "just").


This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

After hearing the first track on the new CD, Theo said, "That's just the ticket!" and then he

a. checked all his pockets

b. took it off and threw it away

c. bought himself a copy
a) checked all his pockets b) took it off and threw it away c) bought himself a copy
just the ticket

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Contributor: Matt Errey