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put (one's) finger on (something)

1. To recognize, identify, or determine the fundamental aspects of something. Well, I think you put your finger on it when you brought up the issue of tax increases for lower earners.
2. To recall fully, clearly, or correctly. (Usually used in the negative.) I can't put my finger on what this is reminding me of. There's something I was supposed to do this afternoon, but I can't put my finger on it.
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put one's finger on something

 
1. Lit. to touch something with one's finger. I put my finger on the button and pressed. Put your finger on this spot and push hard.
2. Fig. to identify and state the essence of something. That is correct! You have certainly put your finger on the problem. When she mentioned money, she really put her finger on the problem.
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put (one's) finger on

To identify: I can't put my finger on the person in that photograph.
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put (one's) finger on

To remember; recall: I know his name; I just can't put my finger on it.
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