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    Hit the spot

    Hi, I would like to know if I am using the idiom "hit the spot" correctly in the sentences below.
    Can I use this idiom when someone literally hits the physical spot on my body?

    1. Thank you for the drink. It was so hot outside, and I was thirsty. Your cold drink hit the spot.

    2. The explanation you gave me really hit the spot. That was exactly I wanted to know.

    3. To a massage therapist: "Ouch, you are hitting the spot. It hurts, but at the same time it feels so good.

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    Re: Hit the spot

    Number 3 is a little unnatural. Something like "Ouch, you're hitting the sore spot!" would be more conversational.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Hit the spot

    Only sentence #1 sounds natural. For #2 I think you should say, 'The explanation you gave me was really spot on. That was exactly what I wanted to know.'
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