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on the nose

1. Precisely accurate; exactly right. Her predictions about the true cause of the administration's collapse were right on the nose.
2. At the exact time specified. True to his word, the detective arrived at 1:38 PM on the nose.
3. Representing someone or something with indelicate or awkward directness; lacking subtlety or nuance. They had Bob Dylan's song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" playing over a montage of important moments in human history. It was all a bit on the nose, if you ask me.
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on the nose

Exactly, precisely; especially, at the appointed time or estimated amount. For example, The busload of students arrived at the museum at ten o'clock right on the nose, or He guessed the final score on the nose. This term, like on the button, may come from boxing, where the opponent's nose is a highly desired target. [c. 1930]
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on the nose

OLD-FASHIONED
1. If you talk about a time or amount being on the nose, you mean that it is exactly that time or amount. This is Radio One FM. Precisely on the nose seven sixteen. Note: The origin of this expression is in broadcasting. When a show was running on time, the producer put a finger on his or her nose to signal this fact to the performers.
2. If you describe someone or something as on the nose, you mean that they are generally considered to be unpleasant or offensive. It is now the Liberals who are on the nose at a state level.
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on the nose

1 to a person's sense of smell. 2 precisely. informal, chiefly North American 3 distasteful; offensive. Australian informal
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on the ˈnose

(informal, especially American English) exactly: The budget should hit the $136 billion target on the nose. OPPOSITE: be/fall wide of the mark
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on the nose

mod. exactly on time; exactly as planned. All three of them were at the appointed place right on the nose.
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on the nose

Exactly; precisely: predicted the final score on the nose.
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