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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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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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Pupils at Gorse Hill Primary School in Worcester help the city's Labour MP Mr Mike Foster to launch Worcestershire County Council's Windrush '98 competition by hitting the right note with Afro-Caribbean instruments.
Julian has done a beautiful job hitting the right note.
The combined listenership figures for Downtown Radio and Cool FM show they are hitting the right note with 574,000 listeners in Northern Ireland.
Letting you see the whites of the eyes of your audience as well as your bandmates and road crew, the new viewpoint cleverly melds two strands of footage for each track in the main game - one for when you're hitting the right notes on cue and another for when you've slipped to Pete Doherty levels of sloppiness.
LEGENDARY fundraiser Danny Ryan was hitting the right notes with a musical charity bash today.
MARLON HAREWOOD hitting the right notes is a result of his hard work according to manager Alan Pardew.