One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exactly on time.‘he arrived on the dot at nine o'clock’
precisely, exactly, sharp, prompt, to the minute, on the nailView synonyms
- ‘In the days when I did run an office I always used to encourage everyone to leave at six on the dot - I couldn't really understand what point there was in working any longer.’
- ‘The guests were due to arrive at 6 on the dot and they had 2 and half hours to do everything.’
- ‘The museum opens at 2pm, and I wanted to be there on the dot.’
- ‘He arrives on the dot, his tall, dark-haired, slightly rakish figure hurrying up Petergate through the crowds.’
- ‘I was very amused when the phone rang at 12 on the dot.’
- ‘We do hear anecdotally from a lot of women that they feel less likely to be promoted because they have responsibilities outside the workplace and often have to leave on the dot of finishing time.’
- ‘Last Thursday Campbell arrived as usual on the dot of 8.30.’
- ‘He arrived right on the dot at 7.30 pm - and saw the empty seat.’
- ‘We arrived on the dot of half four, when a boat was due to leave.’
- ‘The gulls seem to have watches because they arrive here on the dot every lunchtime.’
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