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on the beam

1. On or along the correct or proper track or way of thinking. A reference to the former practice in which aircraft would home in on a radio beam in order to navigate to their destination. A: "So this piece slots in here, and we connect these two wires together, right?" B: "Yeah, now you're on the beam!" We're bringing in a consultant to get the project back on the beam
2. Performing a gymnastics routine on the balance beam. Despite expectations, the American gymnast finished a disappointing sixth on the beam at this year's Olympics. It was her first time in her career that she took the top spot on the beam.
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on the beam

Fig. exactly right; thinking along the correct lines. That's the right idea. Now you're on the beam! She's not on the beam yet. Explain it to her again.
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on the beam

see under off the beam.
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on the beam

1. mod. homing in on an aviation radio beam. (No longer a major navigational device.) The plane was on the beam and landed safely in the fog.
2. mod. on the right course or track. (From sense 1) That is exactly right. You are right on the beam.
3. and beaming mod. under the effects of marijuana. (Drugs.) Walter is on the beam again. How can he hold a job?
4. mod. smart; clever. That was well done, Tom. You’re on the beam.
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on the beam

1. Following a radio beam. Used of aircraft.
2. On the right track; operating correctly.
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