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on the button

1. Precisely accurate; exactly right. Her predictions about the company's collapse were completely on the button. Wow, your estimate was right on the button!
2. At the exact time specified. True to his word, the detective arrived at 1:38 PM on the button.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on the button

exactly right; in exactly the right place; at exactly the right time. That's it! You're right on the button. He got here at one o'clock on the button.
See also: button, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the button

Exactly right, precisely, as in Her review of the book was right on the button, or We're supposed to be there at six o'clock on the button. This term may come from boxing, where a punch on the button means "a punch on the chin." [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see on the dot.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the button

AMERICAN
If you talk about a time or amount being on the button, you mean that it is exactly that time or amount. He'd say he'd meet us at 10.00 on the button. We double-counted it and it's 975,000 dollars on the button. Compare with right on the button.
See also: button, on
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

on the button

1 punctually. 2 exactly right. informal, chiefly US
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on the ˈbutton

(informal, especially American English)
1 at exactly the right time or at the exact time mentioned: We arrived at 4 o’clock on the button.
2 exactly right: You’re on the button there!
See also: button, on
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on the button

and on the bean
mod. exactly the right time or place; exactly the right amount. He was there on time, right on the button. That’s the correct total. You hit it right on the bean.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

on the button

Exactly; precisely.
See also: button, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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