cooked to a fare-thee-well

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

I went to a restaurant with a friend. We ordered some dishes and one of which was a portion of steak. It was cooked very well. I wrote:

The steak was cooked to a fare-thee-well.

Is the bold part natural?
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    Only if you are in the 19th Century! This is a very old-fashioned phrase which I would never expect to hear in ordinary conversation today.

    The steak was


    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    Now that I think of it (my coffee having taken effect -- see above) it can have a positive meaning. But I wouldn't use it for something like a steak. To me it implies attention to the minutest details, not just how nicely something has been cooked.
    Sometimes I use it to imply excessive attention to the minutest details.
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