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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.
Nosiree - Killzone 3 does exactly what it says on the tin.
As they say in the ads, it 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 line, written in a London pub over beer and sandwiches in 1967, beat Nike's Just Do It and Ronseal's Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin.
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.
The Solid Gold '60s Show does exactly what it says on the tin.
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.
And, much like the popular exterior wood-care products sold by most high-street DIY stores, it does exactly what it says on the tin.