on the money


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on the money

  1. (idiomatic) In the correct position; on target; precisely accurate; accurately.
    • 1987 July, Maj. Michael B. Perini, USAF, "In Good Hands with Gold 11," Air Force Magazine, vol. 70, no. 7 (retrieved 10 May 2014):
      Two of the A-4s landed on the money. The third was not so lucky.
    • 2008 Oct. 10, Richard Friebe, "How Nobel Winners Spend Their Prize Money: Al Gore," Time (retrieved 10 May 2014):
      For years, Gore had been dismissed, even ridiculed, for his traveling Power Point extravaganza warning about climate change. . . . Today, few would disagree that Al was pretty much on the money.
    • 2011 Aug. 19, The Secret Footballer, "For new boys there's nothing like the big time," The Guardian (UK) (retrieved 10 May 2014):
      I always felt that Bob Dylan was on the money when he sang: "When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose."
    • 2013 Feb. 1, Robert Peele, "New Cars: Nissan Versa SL," New York Times (retrieved 10 May 2014):
      Its mileage claims were right on the money.