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right on

1. An indication of support, enthusiasm, agreement, or encouragement. A: "I got the job!" B: "Hey, right on, man! That's great news." A: "I was thinking we could go for burritos for lunch." B: "Right on, that sounds good to me."
2. Exactly right; perfectly accurate. Mr. Lynch's analysis of the company is right on, if you ask me. I suggest we follow whatever advice he offers.
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Right on!

Sl. Exactly!; That is exactly right! After the speaker finished, many people in the audience shouted, "Right on!" One member of the crowd called out, "Right on!"
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right on

An exclamation of enthusiasm or encouragement, as in You've said it really well-right on! This interjection has a disputed origin. Some believe it comes from African-American slang (it was recorded in Odum and Johnson's The Negro and His Songs, 1925); others feel it is a shortening of right on target, used by military airmen, or right on cue, theatrical slang for saying the right lines at the right time. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see way to go.
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right on

used as an expression of strong support, approval, or encouragement. informal
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right ˈon

(spoken) used to express strong approval or encouragement ▶ ˌright-ˈon adj. (informal, sometimes disapproving) having political opinions or being aware of social issues that are fashionable and left-wing: They pretend to be so right-on, but are they really?
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Right on!

exclam. Exactly!; That is exactly right! After the speaker finished, many people in the audience shouted, “Right on!”
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right on

Slang Used as an exclamation of encouragement, support, or enthusiastic agreement.
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right on!

Keep going; you’re on the right track/doing well. This term dates from the early twentieth century, and there is some dispute over its origin. Several sources trace it to the 1920s in African-American speech; another holds it is an American version of the British Bang on! used by airmen during World War II, or possibly a shortening of Right on target. Still another holds it is a shortening of Right on cue, a reference to uttering the correct lines in a play. In any event, it became widely used in the 1950s and 1960s. Kate Millett had it in Flying (1974): “Right on, Vita, so you must have waged your woman’s war for years.”
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