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smack dab

or smack-dab

[ smak-dab ]
/ ˈsmækˈdæb /
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adverb Informal.

directly; squarely: smack dab in the middle.

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Origin of smack dab

First recorded in 1890–95; smack2 (in the sense “directly, straight”) + dab1 (in the sense “a quick, light blow,” used adverbially)

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