- The city hits you with permit fees - okay, fine.
- Hope to see you all - okay, not all, as there isn't a bar big enough to fit everyone, but lots of you - on the 9th.
- I hope my labours (and, okay, those of the musicians) are enjoyed by the ne'er-do-wells.
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- In fairness, Casey probably did an okay job of the song, but I'd fallen asleep ten seconds into it.
- He was doing an okay job, until he missed one swing.
- Even though the job scenario has been okay, you just know something was bound to go wrong somewhere.
- But only to reassure you that she is physically okay.
- She seemed to be okay physically as far as I could tell, but she frowned when she saw me - something was up, obviously.
- For me, it's a physical need to see to it that you're okay.
- I have a strong preference to avoid checking any luggage, so carry-on appropriate items are okay; things that have to be checked, not so good.
- ‘I said any date would be okay when his schedule permits,’ Koizumi told reporters after the meeting with Primakov.
- Most even find that it's okay to go further than that, with permission from everyone concerned of course.
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- We've done okay this season and have tried to cover up our weaknesses as much as we can.
- By and large it seems to be going okay and according to the returning officer we are on course and all the papers are due to go out this week.
- Just because we did okay last year doesn't mean we cannot fail this time round.
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- A misconception is that if they give the okay for organ and tissue retrieval, they won't be able to have an open casket or a funeral at all.
- They don't need an okay from the Ministry to proceed with any project.
- The family made an application for a grant and, on April 16, 2002, they were given the okay for the work.
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- If the Senate approves the exact legislation okayed by the House - down to every single word and comma - the legislation would then be sent to the President.
- Technically this bill required no Presidential approval, and it was okayed by the Governor.
- The plan, which recently resurfaced after being dropped, still has to be okayed by county traffic chiefs.
Mid 19th century (originally US): probably an abbreviation of orl korrect, humorous form of all correct, popularized as a slogan during President Van Buren's re-election campaign of 1840 in the US; his nickname Old Kinderhook (derived from his birthplace) provided the initials.
The word OK came from the USA, and is probably an abbreviation of orl korrect, a jokey spelling of ‘all correct’, that was used as a slogan during the presidential re-election campaign of Martin Van Buren ( 1782–1862) in 1840. It was reinforced by the initials of his nickname Old Kinderhook, derived from his birthplace.