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    what does "That Oughta Do It" means?

    Is it a set phrase?

    How do I make out the meaning of this phrase more technically?
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    It's a common phrase that means "I've/ We've satisfactorily finished this job," or "This remedy will solve the problem." "That ought to take care of it" is a variation. You might hear this after a long period of hard work, i.e. struggling with a virus-infected computer or some other kind of repair work. "I've wiped the hard drive and reinstalled all your software. That ought to do it." (I don't know much about computers, sorry!)

    Or someone might add it after suggesting a course of action: "If your children misbehave, try taking away their television for a week. That ought to do it."

    It implies that from now on, things will proceed smoothly.

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    Thank you !

    I love learning foreign languages.

    But sometimes it's hard for me to learn the subtle meaning of a language, and thank god there are people like you to help me learn it more easily.

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    You are most welcome. It was a useful exercise for me too---the struggle to define precisely something I have heard all my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    It's a common phrase that means "I've/ We've satisfactorily finished this job," or "This remedy will solve the problem." "That ought to take care of it" is a variation. You might hear this after a long period of hard work, i.e. struggling with a virus-infected computer or some other kind of repair work. "I've wiped the hard drive and reinstalled all your software. That ought to do it." (I don't know much about computers, sorry! Don't worry - the example is perfect. )

    Or someone might add it after suggesting a course of action: "If your children misbehave, try taking away their television for a week. That ought to do it."

    It implies that from now on, things will proceed smoothly.
    There are a few other ought to/oughta expressions that have a similar 'once and for all' meaning.

    That oughta do it.
    That oughta fix it.
    That oughta show them [of a very clear demonstration]
    That oughta wrap it up [of a clearly final action]
    That oughta do it. [that is so much that it's sure to be enough]


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    Very nice! And then of course there's the famous, "That ought to hold the little b-----ds" line, which I have just this second learned isn't true at all.

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