strike the right note


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strike the right note

To be perfectly suitable for a particular situation or circumstance; to get something exactly right. The commercial struck the right note with its target audience, and was one of the most highly rated spots of the year. It's tricky trying to strike the right note during a job interview, when you're trying to sell yourself while remaining relatable.
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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.
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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.
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And if you're heading around to your friends for a barbecue you'll need to strike the right note between casual and smart.