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“Just Like Downtown” Means Satisfactory or Excellent

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Patrick in Jacksonville, Florida, is curious about an expression his family uses: just like downtown, meaning, “done really well,” or “performed to perfection.” This phrase, along with just like New York, originated in the days when promoters of theatrical productions in the hinterlands would boast that the shows were every bit as good as those playing in a major metropolis. This is part of a complete episode.

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