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Hit the nail on the head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hit the nail on the head to touch the exact point
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Idioms

Hit the nail on the head - If someone hits the nail on the head, they are exactly right about something.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nægel; Ger. nagel.

Usage

In literature:

My dear chap, you've just hit the nail plumb on the right head.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 29, 1893" by Various
Mr. Littlepage has hit the nail on the head.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
If she was moved to express an opinion of her own, she generally hit the nail on the head.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Snorky, as a matter of fact, had hit the nail on the head, though of course it would never do to have him suspect it.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
He has hit the nail on the head.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
You've hit the nail on the head this time.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
We'll be sorry to lose you, but, maybe, though you haven't much experience of the world, you've hit the nail on the head.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
I believe you have hit the nail on the head.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
And here you hit the nail on the head just with a chance thought.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
He had hit the nail on the head.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Women, with their remarkable powers of divination, didn't always hit the nail directly on the head.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
But the bishop, to use a homely phrase, does not hit the right nail on the head.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
You hit the nail on the head, that's what you did, dearie!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Hitting the nail on the head.
"Mascara-Viscera" by Paul Cameron Brown
It just gave me a start that you had hit the nail on the head.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The last remark had all-unwittingly hit the right nail on the head.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
I hit the nail on the head nearly every time.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
You must hit the nail on the head and keep on hitting it on the head until you have sent it home.
"Five Young Men" by Charles Reynolds Brown
Walter, young as he was, had hit the nail right on the head, as later events proved.
"Fighting in Cuban Waters" by Edward Stratemeyer
He 's pretty quiet, but I noticed he hit the nail on the head every time he did speak.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
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In news:

If by "reinvent," he meant "harm the futures of Michigan's children," he hit the nail right on the head.
Sen Sanders hit the nail on the head .
Edgar Allen Beem's piece on the corrupting effect of soft money via the Supreme Court ruling called "Citizens United" hit the nail squarely on the head.
Kevin O'Brien ("Opting for Obama just delays pain") hit the nail on the head.
Jonah Goldberg has hit the nail on the head.
Then, much more quickly, and with as few strokes as possible, you hit the nail forcefully on the head and drive it in.
Talk radio HammerGod of logic, Sean Hannity, hit the liberal hypocrisy media nail squarely on the head the other day.
His opinion hit the nail right on the head.
Pitts hit the nail neatly on its head.
In its purest form, motorcycling is all about stomach churning interaction between man and machine – and nothing hits the nail on that head better than a tightly wound naked bike.
It took you guys long enough to hit the nail on the head as to what has caused this "slump" if you will.
Hit the nail on the head.
The last two letters from Amy Williams and Betty Amos really hit the nail on the head.
Walter Kirn hit the nail on the head in "Crybaby Boomers" (Op-Ed, July 2).
The Mormon Quest for the Presidency: From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman by Craig L Foster and Newell G Bringhurst shows how you hit the nail on the head regarding Mitt Romney's reluctance to go off script .
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In science:

Alliy, M., & Brown, P., (2008), “Spreadsheets: Aiming the Accountant's Hammer to Hit the Nail on the Head”, Proc.
End User Computing in AIB Capital Markets: A Management Summary
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