hit the nail on the head

hit the nail on the head

Meaning | Synonyms

  • be accurately right about something
  • find the exact answer
  • do or say exactly the right thing
  • to precisely describe the cause of a problem or situation

Example Sentences

  1. Stephen hit the nail on the head when he said that what the company was lacking in was clear vision and focus.
  2. The foreman hit the nail on the head when he said that the machine had malfunctioned because of a faulty spark plug.
  3. “You’ve found the problem, Sid! You hit the nail on the head!”
  4. He is a smart debugger. Every time you take a broken code to him, he will hit the nail on the head and tell you the exact problem.
  5. He hit the nail on the head when he said that most people won’t change their ways and continue to blame the system for all their ills.
  6. When my car didn’t start, my friend took one look and said that its due to a dead battery. Seems like he hit the nail on the head.


This phrase, quite obviously, has its roots in carpentry, however, it is not clear as to when it started being used. The analogy is simple, while hammering in a nail, you would want to hit it on its head to get the desired result. Missing the head could mean causing damage to the surface or even injury to yourself.

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Thank u but plzz from next time give simple examples

- Ritika January 8, 2019

They are good but pls help me out with simple examples! 😁

- Lucy November 30, 2018

Nice examples. But pls provide one sentence examples (simpler) 😁

- Anonymous November 15, 2018

Wow. What a great example. It really helped me in my assignment. Thank you.

- Princess Glossy November 1, 2018

Thank you very much but next time give one sentence examples plz.

- George June 29, 2018

Can you please give simple examples. 🙏

- Reetika June 11, 2018

Wow. Thank you so much. It helps me so much whenever I have homework and I can get it done in no time thank you.😉😊

- Josephine April 19, 2018

Please have more straightforward examples. Overall is good.

- Anonymous March 1, 2018

Please write the examples in easy words.

- Ali Hashim February 11, 2018

Excellent work. Thank you so much

- Sijan Bhattarai January 28, 2018

Nice explanation! Understood in one go.
Understood with examples even better.

- Shimaila January 18, 2018

Examples are too good

- Anonymous January 4, 2018

Thanks for giving a deep explanation

- Anonymous October 27, 2017

Thanks for an origin and great explanation

- Mr. Vandiver October 25, 2017

Thank you 🙂

- Anonymous October 17, 2017

Thank you

- Manasa Ganesan August 31, 2017

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