hit the nail on the head


1. be correct or accurate






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you've hit the nail on the head there

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This expression indicates precision and is used when you want to emphasise that you think somebody is exactly right or completely truthful in something they have said or done. It is common in both a social and professional context, but in the latter, it tends to be used in relation to getting to the key point of something or clearly identifying what is causing a problem or difficult situation. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'spot on,' 'right on the money,' 'nailed it,' and 'get to the heart of the matter.'

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  1. I listened to that politician's speech on the news earlier. She really hits the nail on the head, doesn't she?
  2. I think you hit the nail on the head when you suggested  I'd be good at tennis. I won my first match yesterday!

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  1. Person A: "I think this company is lacking a clear direction which is why we are struggling." Person B: "I think you have just hit the nail on the head."
  2. When one of my students offered a solution to the equation, she wasn't at all sure she was right, but she'd actually hit the nail on the head.

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