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right down your alley | right up your alley American English

Meaning: If something is right down your alley, or right up your alley, it would be perfect for you or ideal for your skills and interests.

For example:

  • I've found a job that should be right down Lou's alley. It's writing for a baseball magazine, so he could use his writing skills and his knowledge of baseball.

  • I thought a tour of Aztec archeological sites would be right up your alley, Mary-Lou.

Note: The idiom "right up your street" has the same meaning, but it's used more in British English.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

My friend Scott loves looking after animals so a job that should be right down his alley would be
  1. sports coach
  2. zoo keeper
  3. kindergarten teacher

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