cross the T
- historical (Of a naval force) cross in front of an enemy force approximately at right angles, securing a tactical advantage for gunnery.Example sentences
- He could easily outmaneuver the Russians and use tactics to cross the T twice, inflicting maximum damage on the slower Russian fleet.
- Probably the most famous battleship fight decided by crossing the T was the Japanese victory at Tsushima Straights in the Russo-Japanese War.
- At Leyte on 24 Oct 1944 he made fame at the Battle of Surigao Strait by "crossing the T" of the oncoming Japanese surface fleet.
to a T
- informal Exactly; to perfection: I baked it to a T, and of course it was deliciousMore example sentences
- It fits the character to a T: he's honest and truthful, but he's also a narcissist and a showman.
- More broadly, I spent three years in the government working with people who followed the Internet surveillance rules to a T, many of whom themselves had strong civil libertarian instincts.
- She began to tick off traits and scenarios and resistance to being responsible and for all intents and purposes, without ever having met my husband, she began describing his behaviour to a T.