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    I wonder is it OK to use these expressions in the following sentences.

    You have called just right on the money.
    You have called just right on the nose.
    You have called just right on the button.

    (Meaning - exactly at the right time)

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    Default Re: on the money etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I wonder is it OK to use these expressions in the following sentences.

    You have called just right on the money.
    You have called just right on the nose.
    You have called just right on the button.

    (Meaning - exactly at the right time)
    If by "You have called", you mean "You have telephoned me", I would say that only the last one is possible and even then, it's not quite right.

    I asked him to call me at 9am and he called me at 9am, right on the button!

    "Right on the money" and "right on the nose" have nothing to do with time.
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    Default Re: on the money etc

    It's interesting! Dictionary.com - Free Online English Dictionary gives this definition -
    on the money - at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.

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    Default Re: on the money etc

    Whatever the dictionary says, 'You have called just right on the money' is not colloquial — at least in BE.

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    Default Re: on the money etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    It's interesting! Dictionary.com - Free Online English Dictionary gives this definition -
    on the money - at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
    That, for me, is a very strange choice but perhaps it is used this way in AmE.

    Note that in your three sentences, you wrote "just" before "right". That is unnecessary. Effectively, they mean exactly the same thing in this context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    It's interesting! Dictionary.com - Free Online English Dictionary gives this definition -
    on the money - at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
    I have never seen or heard the expression used in this way.

    There are quite a few citations in COCA, but only three in the BNC. It must be one of those AmE/BrE differences.

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    Default Re: on the money etc

    I've heard (bang) on the money used meaning exactly right/correct decision or idea, etc, but not for time. Let's see what AmE speakers say.

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    This AmE speaker has never heard "right on the money" used to refer to an exact time.

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