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Re: Dead on the money

Posted by Bob on August 22, 2007

In Reply to: Dead on the money posted by S. Willard on August 22, 2007

: Does anyone know what the phrase "dead on the money" mean? I've searched everywhere and all that comes up is the game, or law & order...?


One meaning of "dead," and the one that's relevant here, is exact or precise, as in dead center, or dead solid perfect, or dead ringer. "On the money" means also implies precision with regard to relevance. An observation can be said to be "on the money" when it seems true and insightful. "Dead on the money" is a statement of absolute relevance.