on the beam/mark

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the beam/mark

informal
: exactly correct
  • His description of the problem was right on the beam.

Word by Word Definitions

beam play
  1. : a long piece of heavy often squared timber suitable for use in construction

  2. : a wood or metal cylinder in a loom on which the warp (see 1warp 1a) is wound

  3. : the part of a plow to which handles, standard, and coulter are attached

  1. : to emit in beams or as a beam (see 1beam 2)

  2. : to support with beams (see 1beam 1)

  3. : to transmit especially by satellite : broadcast

mark play
  1. : a boundary land

  2. : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

  3. : something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

  1. : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

  2. : to plot the course of : chart

  3. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary

  1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver

  2. : a unit of value:

  3. : an old English unit equal to 13s 4d

  1. : an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark

  2. : the second Gospel (see 1gospel 1) in the New Testament — see Bible Table

  3. : a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde


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