right on


Definition of right on

1 : exactly correct often used interjectionally to express agreement
2 usually right-on \ ˈrīt-​ˈȯn How to pronounce right-on (audio) , -​ˈän \ : attuned to the spirit of the times

Examples of right on in a Sentence

Her assessment of the situation was right on. one of the right-on people
Recent Examples on the Web Their use of social media to quietly but loudly announce new gigs follows right on the heels a similarly press-release-free tack taken the day before by My Chemical Romance. Variety Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Rage Against the Machine announces 2020 reunion — Coachella included," 1 Nov. 2019 The half bird is right on point — tender and sweet, bathed in melting fat with crackling skin and a light orange glaze, served simply atop crisp potatoes with a romaine and cucumber salad. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This husband-and-wife team's Phoenix restaurant lives up to the hype. Here's what to order," 25 Oct. 2019 Thirdly, a lot of Syrian Kurds live in the northern cities of Qamishli, which is exempt from the deal, and Kobani, which is right on the border and saw more Russian forces enter it Wednesday. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Putin's dreams have just come true," 23 Oct. 2019 Google stands by their 10,000 year estimate, though several computer experts interviewed for this article said IBM is probably right on that point. Quanta Magazine, "Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing Experiment," 23 Oct. 2019 But the focus of this Fall Classic is right on the rotations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Series throw-down: Astros, Nats relying on rotations," 20 Oct. 2019 Daters who swipe right on each other will be able to match and have a conversation. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Tinder’s New ‘Swipe Night’ Turns Dating Into a Choose Your Own Adventure Game," 20 Sep. 2019 Beckham and Landry would have caught some of Mayfield’s passes that weren’t right on target. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: What’s with the offense? It’s more than stars not playing -- Terry Pluto," 25 Aug. 2019 Since going public in 2015, Match has quadrupled its market capitalization, largely driven by explosive growth in Tinder, the dating app where people swipe right on photos of prospective dates to indicate romantic interest. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Tinder adds 500,000 subscribers to fuel Dallas-based Match Group's growth," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of right on

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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“Right on.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20on. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of right on

: exactly correct
informal + somewhat old-fashioned used to say that you agree completely with what someone has said
chiefly British, informal + sometimes disapproving : having or supporting liberal or left-wing beliefs and opinions about how people should be treated

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not agreeing with established beliefs

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