Also, on the right track. Proceeding satisfactorily; also, following the correct line of reasoning. For example, He thinks the housing market is improving, and he’s on the right tack there, or That’s not exactly so, but you’re on the right track. The first term alludes to the direction of a sailboat, the second to the direction of a path. The same is true of the antonyms, on the wrong tack and on the wrong track, indicating an erroneous assumption or course of action. For example, He’s on the wrong tack for finding a solution, or The researchers were on the wrong track altogether when they assumed the virus was transmitted by mosquitoes. The expressions using tack date from about 1900; those using track date from about 1880.
noun 1. a novel (1957) by Jack Kerouac. [rohd] /roʊd/ noun 1. a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway. 2. a way or course: the road to peace. 3. a . 4. Often, roads. Also called […]
- On the rims
adverb phrase As close as possible to insolvency [1970s+; fr the image of a car with ruined tires running on its rims]
- On the safe side
Avoiding danger, with a margin for error, as in Just to be on the safe side, let’s order another hundred chairs. This idiom was first recorded in 1811.
- On the same wave length
[weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth] /ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ/ noun 1. Physics. the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a , between two successive points in the that are characterized by the same phase of oscillation. Idioms 2. on the same wavelength, in sympathy or rapport: We seemed to be on the same wavelength from the […]