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on point

  1. Excellent, bold, right on, accurate, appropriate.
  2. (chiefly US, law, philosophy) Having a direct application to the case or topic under consideration; apposite, relevant. [from 20th c.]
    • 1937, Herdman Motor Co. v. State Bd. of Tax Appeals, 119 N.J.L. 164, 166
      We have no decisions in our state directly on point. With us the problem is one of first impression. None of the cases cited is on point.
    • 1984, Eike-Henner W. Kluge, "Review of Frege and the Philosophy of Mathematics by Michael D. Resnik and Gottlob Frege by Hans D. Sluga," Noûs, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 342:
      His historical discussions always appear on point, well researched, and indicate a great deal of care.
    • 1994, John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, →ISBN, Google preview:
      Eitingon raised Jung's idea of substituting a new complex; Freud did not answer on point, but talked at length about transference.
    • 2004 Oct. 13, Dick Meyer, "Opinion: Bush Did Well, But Kerry Won," CBS News (retrieved 22 June 2012):
      The second question of the night was about the shortage of flu vaccine. Bush gave a fine answer, on point.
  3. (ballet) On the tips of the toes; en pointe. [from 20th c.]
  4. (chiefly military) Having taken point; responsible for leading an operation; more generally, deployed and alert. [from 20th c.]
    • 2003, Aaron Traylor, The DJ Chronicles: A Life Remixed, Port Hole Publications, →ISBN, chapter 14, 71:
      Halo interrupted, “We are all dialed in. Music begins in five minutes. Security is on point. Light show is programmed. Do this for me: roll up the road and grab us some smokes at the convenience store across the street. Here's some cash.”

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