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[ ded-on, -awn ]


, Informal.
  1. exactly right, accurate, or pertinent:

    The film director has a dead-on feel for characterization.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dead-on1

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example Sentences

He was also a dead-on mimic, the kind of guy who could eavesdrop on a snatch of conversation and instantly spoof both ends.

The April prediction of $30 billion in losses, in other words, had been dead-on.

Reading these dead-on descriptions, a runner feels a pleasurable sensation of recognition.

Any dead-on depiction of real squalor is open to the accusation of "using India" as eye-catching wallpaper.

As far as could be seen, she was holding her own well in what had now become a dead-on stern chase.

What wind there was blew dead on-shore, which was not as the skipper would have had it.

Then it was hit dead-on by what must have been at least a hundred-pound high explosive rocket.

Later on his meaning was illustrated more fully on a dark night in a tight corner during a dead on-shore gale.


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