tickety-boo

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Etymology[edit]

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Possibly from an Indo-Aryan language: Compare Hindi ठीक ‎(ṭhīk) है ‎(hai), बाबू ‎(bābū), "It's all right, sir". The phrase could have been picked up by UK personnel in India before independence and spread in modified form to the UK and elsewhere in the Commonwealth[1]

Adjective[edit]

tickety-boo ‎(not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) Correct, satisfactory.
    • 1947, Nevil Shute, The Chequer Board, W. Morrow, p. 220:
      I want everything to be all tickety-boo. I want to marry you properly according to the English law so that your people will know that I'm playing straight.

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  1. ^ World Wide Words:Tickety-boo