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Spot on

Posted by R. Berg on July 05, 2001

In Reply to: Spot on posted by Andrew on July 05, 2001

: I'm trying to find the origin and meaning of the phrase "Spot on". I believe it means "on the mark" or "right on" etc.

The origin is military. "Spot on" has a short entry in Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British": "Right on the spot, orig. dead centre on target: RAF: WW2 and after. Adopted by civilians in UK, in Aus., in S. Africa. Cf 'bang on!' and 'right on!'"