Definition of on the spot in US English:

on the spot

phrase

  • 1Without any delay; immediately.

    ‘he offered me the job on the spot’
    • ‘If they have the right look, sign them on the spot.’
    • ‘At a time when the camera was little used in newspaper work, the job of making rapid sketches on the spot for subsequent publication demanded a quick eye and and a rapid hand, and encouraged an interest in scenes of everyday life.’
    • ‘When he displays his handiness with a temperamental car, he is offered a job on the spot.’
    • ‘His real teeth got knocked out in a fight, but they were so integral to his ‘look’ that a frantic Spanish ad agency had a replica pair made on the spot.’
    • ‘One of them shockingly and immediately blows his own brains out on the spot, rather than be driven by his commander to go back on the line.’
    • ‘They were offered jobs with his company on the spot.’
    • ‘George is immediately smitten and asks her to marry him on the spot.’
    • ‘Rider Strong nailed the audition with no direction whatsoever, and won the job on the spot.’
    • ‘Julie cans her on the spot, not caring that the delay wasn't her fault.’
    • ‘Lean liked what he was hearing and on the spot decided that Jarre should do the whole job, giving him a mere six weeks to record everything.’
    immediately, there and then, then and there, straight away, right away, forthwith, instantly, summarily, without delay, without hesitation, at once, that instant, directly
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  • 2At the scene of an action or event.

    ‘journalists on the spot reported no progress’
    • ‘Soon after, Bartley and O'Briain were on the spot when the march approached the palace, and snipers suddenly opened fire on the Chávez supporters.’
    • ‘However, you get to meet luminaries of the opera world, work with fine, like-minded colleagues and are on the spot when opportunities arise.’
    • ‘The camera provides a sharp, close-up view for the remote physician that is actually superior to what the doctor on the spot can get using his own unaided vision.’
    • ‘In the new Raymonda the good guy isn't away at the Crusades; he's on the spot.’