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does (exactly) what it says on the tin

(Something) does precisely what it claims or is supposed to do. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. This budget hostel isn't glamorous but does exactly what it says on the tin: it gives you a place to sleep at a very affordable price. This no-frills antivirus software is straightforward and does what it says on the tin.
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(it) does (eˌxactly) what it says on the ˈtin

(informal, saying) used to say that something is as good or effective as it claims to be, or that it really does what it claims to do. This expression is especially used when you are comparing publicity and advertisements with actual products: I paid £150 for this camera and am more than happy with it. It does exactly what it says on the tin!
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I won't deny Top Gear does exactly what it says on the tin, but even the most ardent petrolheads must admit the tin is looking a little rusty these days.
THIS week David Cameron compared the coalition government to Ronseal - it does exactly what it says on the tin. I've read the tin.
Does Exactly What It Says On the tin - Ronseal [1994]
Nosiree - Killzone 3 does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a pretty brutal game set amid a galactic war involving the forces of good and evil.
As they say in the ads, it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Jonathan Butters, boss of Jab, said: "The availability of this kind of small scale, specialist service has grown increasingly scarce as larger scale manufacturing has moved East, but it's much more logical that this service is closely connected to the design process, ensuring what we design does exactly what it says on the tin."
THIS book does exactly what it says on the tin - or cover.
It's the world's second most annoying thing - after that man who does exactly what it says on the tin.
THE TOP 10 AD SLOGANS 1 Beanz Meanz Heinz - Heinz [1967] 2 Just Do It - Nike [1987] 3 Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin - Ronseal [1994] 4 Make Love Not War - Various [1965] 5 Every Little Helps - Tesco [1993] 6 Have a Break.
This reality makeover show does exactly what it says on the tin - it claims to fix chicks.
"I've said all along that he's one of those defenders that does exactly what it says on the tin. Above that he's also a top professional in the way he handles himself both on and off the pitch.
It does exactly what it says on the tin. It goes very, very fast, handles brilliantly and makes a lot of noise doing it.
The Solid Gold '60s Show does exactly what it says on the tin. It brings together The Searchers (Needles & Pins), Wayne Fontana (Game Of Love), The Merseybeats (I Think Of You), Billy J Kramer's old backing group The Dakotas (Little Children) and John Walker (Make It Easy On Yourself).
His new comedy series does exactly what it says on the tin and we'll follow his progress over the next six weeks as he tries to set up his own nation.