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 The Sally Rooney-ification of literature landed right on schedule with Dolan’s novel about an Irish twenty-something living in Hong Kong, freeloading off a banker friend (with benefits) while attempting to quote-unquote discover herself. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "The most millennial books of 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 The result is a series that is compelling, stylish, eye-opening and right on target. Washington Post, "Best TV of 2020: ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Normal People,’ the Democratic convention and more," 8 Dec. 2020 The price is right on this fleece ear-warming headband that has amassed more than 1,500 positive Amazon reviews. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The warmest workout gear to keep you active this winter," 16 Nov. 2020 Anton says the brewing storm put a bullseye right on top of Oklahoma City. National Geographic, "Episode 3: Chasing the World's Largest Tornado," 10 Nov. 2020 Only Hays, who was right on the cusp of graduating last year, did so in 2020. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Five takeaways from the Orioles’ top prospect rankings on Baseball America," 9 Nov. 2020 There remains a Trump way of doing things and that is right on brand for Donald Trump where there's no concession, and fight is on the agenda. NBC News, "Meet the Press 11.08.20," 8 Nov. 2020 In other battleground states, preelection polls were right on the money. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "The polls were wrong – sorta. But is it too soon to 'blow up' the polling industry?," 5 Nov. 2020 My mother always made her stew with the biscuits cooked right on top of the meat, almost like dumplings. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Chase away the chill with this curried beef stew," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of right on

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Right on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20on. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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