hit the nail on the head

Meaning: If you hit the nail on the head, you describe the exact nature of something such as a problem, a solution, or a situation.

For example:

  • Bernie hit the nail on the head when he said the team's problem is that the players don't have confidence in one another.

  • You really hit the nail on the head when you said that Gina needs to stop worrying about making mistakes when she speaks English.

Quick Quiz:

We all thought Karin had hit the nail on the head when she

a. said the real issue was money

b. couldn't remember our names

c. sang a beautiful love song

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Contributor: Matt Errey