strike the right note

Say or do what is especially appropriate, as in She struck the right note when she complimented the new parents on their baby. This expression alludes to playing the correct note on an instrument.


Nearby words

  1. strike off,
  2. strike out,
  3. strike pay,
  4. strike plate,
  5. strike slip,
  6. strike through,
  7. strike up,
  8. strike while the iron is hot,
  9. strike zone,
  10. strike-slip fault

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