Words of the Week – hit the nail on the head

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To hit the nail on the head means to articulate a statement, idea or solution perfectly. For example, if a student outlines a case clearly and concisely after a cold call, the professor might say, “Hiro hit the nail on the head with that set up. Now, who can explain the decision to purchase the equipment versus leasing it?”

This expression can also be shortened and used as an action verb as in, “Hiro, you really nailed it with that set up this morning. Good job!”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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