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right down your alley | right up your alley

This page is about the idiom 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

a. sports coach

b. zoo keeper

c. kindergarten teacher

Idiom of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey