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dandy

noun [C] uk   /ˈdæn.di/ us  
a man, especially in the past, who dressed in expensive, fashionable clothes and was very interested in his own appearance: an upper-class dandy

dandy

adjective uk   /ˈdæn.di/ ( also jim-dandy) US old-fashioned or humorous us  
very good. This is often said as a joke when really something is not good or you are not happy about it : Well, that's just dandy if you happen to have half a million dollars to spare. I'm tired of pretending life is just dandy when it's not.
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