To hit the nail on the head

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To hit the nail on the head to hit most effectively; to do or say a thing in the right way.
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Usage

In literature:

The sharp crack of the rifle was followed by a shout, for Jim had hit the nail-head on the edge, and part of the bullet stuck to it.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
M. Ernest Feydeau, in a popular story of very bad principles, seems to hit the right nail on the head.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
If he meant to astonish us, he has hit the nail on the head.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
And to the last Mr. Arnold would occasionally refer to that, saying he felt it hit the nail on the head.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
Yet strange to say, he often hit the nail on the head, so to speak.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
When our hero had said that they might belong to the outlaws of Forbidden Pass he had hit the nail right on the head.
"Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"" by An Old Scout
I went a roundabout way to put it before you, but you have hit the right nail clean on the head at once.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
The sharp crack of the rifle was followed by a shout, for Jim had hit the nail-head on the edge, and part of the bullet stuck to it.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
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
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In news:

It took you guys long enough to hit the nail on the head as to what has caused this "slump" if you will.
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 .
Joan Proctor hit the nail on the head with her letter to The Public Pulse on Aug 17 ("The real problems with housing terrorists").
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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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