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    Question "dead on the money"

    I have difficulty understanding this sentence:
    "This explanation is dead on the money."
    AFAIK, "dead on the money" is a movie name, but what does it mean in oral English? Thanks!


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    Re: "dead on the money"

    Though I've never heard that particular idiom before, it sounds as though it means "exactly correct".


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    Re: "dead on the money"

    Quote Originally Posted by supercaspian View Post
    I have difficulty understanding this sentence:
    "This explanation is dead on the money."
    AFAIK, "dead on the money" is a movie name, but what does it mean in oral English? Thanks!
    As far as I know it means the same as "spot on" . Accurate and to the point.
    "spot on" is defined below from the Idioms page of this website
    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/s.html

    If something is spot on, it is exactly right.

    VS


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    two idioms

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    Presumably the title of the movie is a combination of and play on two idioms:
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    - dead on
    - on the money
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    "Dead on" means "exactly"
    "On the money" means "correct"
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    And presumably someone in the movie is murdered, almost murdered, etc.
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    Re: "dead on the money"

    Additionally, you sometimes see or hear "right on the money", which also means "exactly right", e.g.

    1. I've read your post about "dead on the money", and you're right on the money.

    MrP

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