right on


Definition of right on 

1 : exactly correct often used interjectionally to express agreement

2 usually right-on \ˈrīt-ˈȯn, -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

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Cincinnati couldn’t quite get things right on offense last year, firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese two games into the season, and replacing him with Bill Lazor, who returns for his first full season running the offense. Michael Beller, SI.com, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 Scott Schebler got the Reds on the board in the fifth with his seventh home run of the year – a line shot to right on the first pitch of the at-bat. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Anthony DeSclafani OK in his return, but rough night for Cincinnati Reds in 9-6 loss to Colorado Rockies," 5 June 2018 Surely the owners, who care only about love of country, will get right on those changes right away. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "New NFL anthem policy fraught with hypocrisy," 23 May 2018 This is right on the on the heels of 2017, which was the most expensive hurricane season on record, requiring multiple emergency supplemental appropriations from Congress. Jeff Schlegelmilch, Fortune, "The 2018 Hurricane Season Is Here. We Can’t Just Rely on the Federal Government to Help Us Prepare," 30 May 2018 His nubby knit tie was right on trend, while slick oxford loafers lent his look a bossy finish in keeping with his better half’s power accessories. Maria Ward, Vogue, "How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Do Post–Met Gala Date Night Style," 10 May 2018 The new fad comes right on the heels of last year’s rose gold takeover at Disney parks. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Millennial pink food and drink popping up on Disney plates," 13 Apr. 2018 Time in Trumpworld seems to slow as huge news story after huge news story forms, crests, crashes and recedes -- only to be followed by an even bigger one right on its heels. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 29(!) major Trump headlines this week," 23 Mar. 2018 Sunshine and blue skies ushered in summer as if right on cue. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Thrown on a grill or campfire, pineapple teriyaki chicken in foil packs are a snap," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of right on

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of right on

: exactly correct

—used to say that you agree completely with what someone has said

: having or supporting liberal or left-wing beliefs and opinions about how people should be treated

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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