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    A six-figure-a-year

    Hi,

    Can anybody help me to understand what the bold text means?

    They come flooding into the office, the entire staff—even Mrs. Merryweather, the former receptionist with the cat’s-eye glasses and gallstones (whom Zuckerman had assumed was dead). Two surviving partners in golf pants and Rolexes, three junior agents, an anorexic secretary, a pair of slacker grad-student readers, an old lady with blue-rinse hair, and a six-figure-a-year accountant with a Percodan habit—this motley group could make an alarming racket.

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    Thanks a lot.
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    #2

    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    "Six figure" means he makes/is paid at least $100,000. And less than $1,000,000.

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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    With over 20 Koruna to the $US, and salaries in the Czech Republic (??? maybe, as in many European countries) normally expressed as monthly rates, this idiom must sound really weird to you!

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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    With over 20 Koruna to the $US, and salaries in the Czech Republic (??? maybe, as in many European countries) normally expressed as monthly rates, this idiom must sound really weird to you!

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    You are right on the nail.
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    #5

    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    I usually hear that as "you hit the nail on the head'.

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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I usually hear that as "you hit the nail on the head'.

    My beloved textbook called 1000 English phrases mentions both cases; be right on the nail and hit the nail on the head. I use them in turns.
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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    I've never heard the first one.

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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I've never heard the first one.

    Of course, I am not a native speaker like you are but if you google "you are right on the nail" with the commas to get the exact phrase, you will get cca. 98.000 webpages, forums etc. where this phrase is used as an analogy of "you hit the nail on the head."
    And one of them literally says "you are right on the nail, as we say in England."
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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    And if you Google "hit the nail on the head" you will get 880,000 hits.

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    Re: A six-figure-a-year

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    And if you Google "hit the nail on the head" you will get 880,000 hits.
    Let us wait; it may be that a BrE speaker will sort it out.
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