hone in

verb

Definition of hone in

intransitive verb
: to move toward or focus attention on an objective
  • looking back for the ball honing in
  • —George Plimpton
  • a missile honing in on its target
  • —Bob Greene
  • hones in on the plights and victories of the common man
  • —Lisa Russell

hone in vs. home in

Most usage commentators consider hone in to be a mistake for home in. The use may have arisen from home in by the weakening of the \m\ sound to \ or it may have developed simply because of the influence of hone, with perhaps an underlying sense that "honing" figuratively involves a narrowing or sharpening of focus. Whatever the explanation of its origins, it has established itself in American English and has begun to make a few inroads into British English as well. Even so, your use of it especially in writing is likely to be called a mistake. Home in or in figurative use zero in is an easy alternative.


Origin and Etymology of hone in

alteration of home in


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