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    #1

    dab hand / smack-dab

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    However, they might be a dab hand at needlework or crochet.
    dab hand = a person who is very skilled in a particular activity; expert

    The ball landed smack-dab at our feet.
    The plane landed smack-to-dab in the middle of the hay field.
    smack-dab = exactly; squarely; precisely

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Re: dab hand / smack-dab



    I hear smack(-bang).

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: dab hand / smack-dab

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    However, they might be a dab hand at needlework or crochet.
    dab hand = a person who is very skilled in a particular activity; expert

    The ball landed smack-dab at our feet.
    The plane landed smack-to-dab in the middle of the hay field.
    smack-dab = exactly; squarely; precisely

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I think ‘smack’ as adverb also means ‘exactly’. You use ‘smack-dab’ to express absolute conformity.

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