Definition of hit (or strike) the right (or wrong) note in US English:

hit (or strike) the right (or wrong) note


  • Say or do something in a way that is very suitable (or unsuitable) for a particular audience or occasion.

    • ‘So no wonder some of the schemes that have been suggested strike the wrong note.’
    • ‘Michael Ford struck the right note with his students and continued working with them after they moved schools.’
    • ‘It certainly strikes the right note with Jean, a schoolteacher from Virginia, who plays White Christmas on the piano and we all join in.’
    • ‘Campaigners struck the right note at their meeting in Whitby last night.’
    • ‘But the idea has struck the wrong note with a leading Tory councillor.’
    • ‘And I think he strikes the right note - to some extent just by communicating in this fashion.’
    • ‘On the morning of the World Cup final in November, Grays shoved a message of support under my hotel room door where we were staying in Manly and it struck the right note, so to speak.’
    • ‘It was certainly strong stuff, but it struck the right note for many.’
    • ‘It's odd that they haven't struck the right note; after all, music is one of the things television does very well, as is cheap melodrama - the combination of the two should have been obvious.’
    • ‘Every field situation is different and initial luck in meeting good informants, being in the right place at the right time and striking the right note in relationships may be just as important as skill in technique.’