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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.
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!"
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.
right onused as an expression of strong support, approval, or encouragement. informal
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?
exclam. Exactly!; That is exactly right! After the speaker finished, many people in the audience shouted, “Right on!”
Slang Used as an exclamation of encouragement, support, or enthusiastic agreement.
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.”