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1. An indication of support, enthusiasm, agreement, or encouragement. A: "I got the job!" B: "Hey, right on, man! That's great news." A: "I was thinking we could go for burritos for lunch." B: "Right on, that sounds good to me."
2. Exactly right; perfectly accurate. Mr. Lynch's analysis of the company is right on, if you ask me. I suggest we follow whatever advice he offers.
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Sl. Exactly!; That is exactly right! After the speaker finished, many people in the audience shouted, "Right on!" One member of the crowd called out, "Right on!"
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
exclam. Exactly!; That is exactly right! After the speaker finished, many people in the audience shouted, “Right on!”
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keep going; you’re on the right track/doing well. This term dates from the early twentieth century, and there is some dispute over its origin. Several sources trace it to the 1920s in African-American speech; another holds it is an American version of the British Bang on! used by airmen during World War II, or possibly a shortening of Right on target. Still another holds it is a shortening of Right on cue, a reference to uttering the correct lines in a play. In any event, it became widely used in the 1950s and 1960s. Kate Millett had it in Flying (1974): “Right on, Vita, so you must have waged your woman’s war for years.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer