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Idioms

zero in on

This page is about the idiom zero in on

Meaning

If you zero in on something, you focus your attention on it.

For example

  • If you're reporting on an issue rather than an event, first get the reader interested by zeroing in on the main players and their conflict.

  • I like the way our lecturer zeroes in on the central issues without spending too much time on all that boring background information.

Quick Quiz

We don't have a lot of time to discuss the issue, so we'll have to zero in on

a. lots of unimportant details

b. everything that is connected in any way

c. the most important points
a) lots of unimportant details b) everything that is connected in any way c) the most important points

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Contributor: Matt Errey