Spot On: Derivation Please

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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?

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One Reply to “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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