close enough for government work

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It is not worth investing additional time on perfecting this thing.

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  • The phrase was created in World War II with the usage meaning that a product met the highest standards of quality and would not be accepted by Uncle Sam if it did not. The phrase was used as early as 1906 in Canada with the usage being neither disparaging nor better than non-government work.. It was used disparagingly as early as 1960.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Suficientemente cerca para el trabajo del gobierno

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    Alex
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    Karen
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