strike the right note


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strike the right note

Fig. to achieve the desired effect; to do something suitable or pleasing. Meg struck the right note when she wore a dark suit to the interview. The politician's speech failed to strike the right note with the crowd.
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strike the right note

Say or do what is especially appropriate, as in She struck the right note when she complimented the new parents on their baby. This expression alludes to playing the correct note on an instrument.
See also: note, right, strike

hit/strike the right/wrong ˈnote

(especially British English) do, say or write something that is suitable/not suitable for a particular occasion: Somehow, he managed to strike just the right note in his final election speech.
See also: hit, note, right, strike, wrong
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and the players can once again strike the right note, then the win Celtic need so much could be on the cards.
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The children of Tardebigge First School, near Redditch, Worcs, are hoping to strike the right note with Worcestershire education chiefs with their newly-penned battle cry, entitled Keep Your Hands Off Our School.