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fix on (someone or something)
1. verb To make a final decision about something. Yes, I think we've finally fixed on the topics for the meeting.
2. verb To focus something on someone or something. A: "What did you fix the telescope on? I can't see anything." B: "That's because the lens cap is still on."
3. verb To become fixated on someone or something. In this usage, "upon" can also be used after "fix." Callie is so beautiful that I'm just fixed on her any time she walks in the room. Naturally, our kids are fixed on getting toys for Christmas that are already sold out in all the stores.
4. verb To stick or fasten something on another object. In this usage, "onto" is commonly used after "fix." Please fix stamps onto these envelopes and then drop them in the mailbox.
5. noun The exact location or position of something. Sir, I can't get a fix on where the boat is out in the ocean.
6. noun An understanding or sense of what someone is saying or trying to say. Ann's stories are filled with so many detours that it's hard to get a fix on what she's actually trying to tell you.
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*fix on something
1. the exact location of something distant. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I can't get a fix on your location. Where are you? We are trying to get a fix on your radio transmission.
2. Fig. an understanding of the direction of a discussion. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I can't quite get a fix on what you're trying to say. I can't get a fix on where you're going with this argument.
fix (up)on someone or something
to become preoccupied with someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) She seems to have fixed upon becoming a pilot. James is quite fixed on Janet.
fix something on(to) something
to attach something onto something. We fixed a notice onto the broken door so people wouldn't use it. Please fix a label on this package.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To determine something conclusively; settle on: We need to fix on a date for the next meeting.
2. To direct something toward a particular point, purpose, or focus of attention: They fixed their eyes on each other from across the room. The photographer's lens fixed on the nest of eagles.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.