Definition of put one's finger on something in English:

put one's finger on something

phrase

  • Identify something exactly.

    ‘he cannot put his finger on what has gone wrong’
    • ‘They were a very accomplished stage presence which played well, the music was good, but it lacked a certain something, I can't quite put my finger on it.’
    • ‘I guess in a way that's why I'm finding it a bit of a challenge as to what to do next, because I really want to do something that's a bit different, and I can't quite put my finger on it yet.’
    • ‘You start to figure out all the characters have some sort of connection but you can't put your finger on it.’
    • ‘Thanks, Jack, I think you've put your finger on it.’
    • ‘Howard, I think you've put your finger on something.’
    • ‘You can't put your finger on it, but there's something special about the place.’
    • ‘I think they're putting their finger on it because it shows how important personnel really are.’
    • ‘The funny thing was I kind of walked past her, and slowed down, because I thought I recognised her as someone I knew, but couldn't quite put my finger on it.’
    • ‘‘All across the political spectrum,’ says Fred Siegel, a history professor, ‘there is just an uneasiness, a sense that something is happening, though people can't put their finger on it.’’
    • ‘Sometimes we can feel we've bitten off more than we can chew… we feel trapped… it's like there's something right there, but we can't quite put our finger on it.’