on the nose

on the nose
on the money & on the nose
exactly right; in exactly the right place; in exactly the right amount (of money). •

That's a good answer, Bob. You're right on the money.

This project is going to be finished right on the nose.

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{adv. phr.}, {informal} Just right; exactly. * /Stanley hit the ball on the nose./ * /The airplane pilot found the small landing field on the nose./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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