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hit the right note

To be perfectly suitable for a particular situation or circumstance; to get it exactly right. The commercial hit the right note with its target audience, and was one of the most highly rated spots of the year. It's tricky trying to hit the right note during a job interview, when you're trying to sell yourself while remaining relatable.
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strike the right note

To be perfectly suitable for a particular situation or circumstance; to get something exactly right. The commercial struck the right note with its target audience, and was one of the most highly rated spots of the year. It's tricky trying to strike the right note during a job interview, when you're trying to sell yourself while remaining relatable.
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strike the right note

Fig. to achieve the desired effect; to do something suitable or pleasing. Meg struck the right note when she wore a dark suit to the interview. The politician's speech failed to strike the right note with the crowd.
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strike the right note

Say or do what is especially appropriate, as in She struck the right note when she complimented the new parents on their baby. This expression alludes to playing the correct note on an instrument.
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hit (or strike) the right (or wrong) note

say or do something in exactly the right (or wrong) way.
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hit/strike the right/wrong ˈnote

(especially British English) do, say or write something that is suitable/not suitable for a particular occasion: Somehow, he managed to strike just the right note in his final election speech.
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Nuneaton's St Nicolas CE Primary School hit the wrong note with festival organisers when it wanted to enter its 51-strong ensemble.
A delay in fixing one of the four entrance doors at the Sage Gateshead has hit the wrong note with the 38-year-old stroke victim.
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ALLY McBeal star Jane Krakowski hit the wrong note when she sang a jazz version of the American national anthem to a crowd of football fans.
As if the singer's low-cut lace Julien Macdonald jumpsuit wasn't bad enough, Jessie really hit the wrong note by teaming it with lilac lippy and black locks for February's Brit Awards.
METROCENTRE worker John Baird hit the wrong note when he stole pounds 3,000 to pay off a drug debt.
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Gateshead JPs heard that a drunken Ingham hit the wrong note with elderly neighbours when loud music blasted from his upstairs in Watt Street, Gateshead, in the early hours of November 25.
IT might be music to your ears but doorbells that play tunes hit the wrong note with home buyers, a survey has revealed.