Now, here’s a term I never use and seldom hear:  spot on.

As for definition, it means "extremely accurate or descriptive."  That much I can find in something called the Kernerman Multilingual English Dictionary, whatever that is.

However, the dictionary gives no origin for the phrase.  Sounds British to me.  Can anyone clarify?

One thought on “Spot On: Derivation Please

  1. I believe it is an old army term from the tifle range. When a soldier has finished shooting, a soldier by the target shows where the each shot hit by briefly placing a circular disc , the spot, attached to a long handle over each bullet hole. If a shot has hit the bulls eye , the shooter was said to be “spot on. ” i.e spot on the bull eye.

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