As The Machmillan Dictionary puts it this phrase is used for emphasis. For example:

Person 1: Kate was angry with Mike for breaking her vase.

Person 2: Isn't she just.

This phrase sounds so strange to my non-native ear. Why this phrase is used in the question form and the word just is there for?

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    Your example doesn't sound idiomatic to me, because Person 2 should obviously be saying Wasn't she just. In such contexts, just approximately means exactly, truly - Person 2 is wholeheartedly agreeing that Kate's emotional state was exactly as described (so angry). In practice the usage tends to occur in contexts where the preceding utterance includes a relevant adjective/adverb: Kate was really / very angry, where the word just more explicitly refers to agreement that she truly was exactly that angry. – FumbleFingers Oct 6 '18 at 12:26

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