ˈded-ˈȯn How to pronounce dead-on (audio)
: exactly correct or accurate
a dead-on analysis
his impersonations were dead-on

Examples of dead-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Land is dead-on in her analysis of the various ways our society makes poverty all but inescapable. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 Explore See latest videos, charts and news The pop star’s hair was as long, straight and dark as The Addams Family matriarch’s, and her makeup was dead-on at her performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 28 Oct. 2023 Every shot of the filmmaker’s two-hour-plus drama looks pristine; every costume and set dead-on balls accurate. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 31 Aug. 2023 North Carolina Republicans have wasted no time with their new veto-proof legislative majorities, introducing a flurry of bills this week focusing on transgender issues that were previously dead-on-arrival. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2023 In 1969, his scoop that Otis Singletary had been named UK’s eighth president, while dead-on accurate, prompted Singletary to withdraw and a delegation of irate officials to demand that publisher Barry Bingham Sr. take Wilson off the story. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2023 His proposal is all but dead-on-arrival, as congressional Republicans are generally opposed to any tax increases. Sarah Kolinovsky, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2023 The result is a dead-on accurate registration tool for use with a big punch like this. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead-on was circa 1889

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“Dead-on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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