be onto something

be on to (someone or something)

1. To have knowledge, be suspicious, or be aware of someone's actions, behavior, or intention. You'd better tread carefully, I'm on to you now. The police are on to us! Everybody run!
2. To be in contact with someone at a given point in time. I'll be on to you tomorrow about the details of our meeting. I was on to John yesterday about where he wants to go for his birthday.
3. To discover, realize, or be in the process of doing something of great importance, value, or insight. Great work on this essay, Lindsay. I really think you're on to something here. Scientists now believe they may be on to a cure for cancer.
See also: on, to
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be ˈonto something

know about something or be in a situation that could lead to a good result for you: Researchers believe that they are onto something big.She’s onto a good thing with that new job.
See also: something
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