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What is the meaning of and proper way to use the phrase hit the nail upon the top?

I've gotten this comment on my blog:

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The English in that comment is a bit shaky and its vagueness prompts suspicions of spam. Google confirms. –  Hugo Oct 24 '11 at 6:30
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I'm voting to close as "too localised". OP's example is clearly bad English wriitten by a non-native speaker, and I don't see that EL&U should ordinarily be concerned with figuring such things third-hand. As it happens, in this case it's easy - but if it weren't, we couldn't ask the original writer for clarification. It's worse than being asked to interpret song lyrics, IMHO. –  FumbleFingers Oct 24 '11 at 13:15
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That looks like an incorrect translation of the idiom "hit the nail on the head" which means to get something exactly right. –  kekekela Oct 24 '11 at 18:21
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The correct phrase is "to hit the nail on the head". It means to get something exactly right, according to the person saying it. The phrase comes from carpentry - when you hit a nail with a hammer, if you don't hit it on the head you'll bend it or damage the wood (or your thumb). That makes hitting nails a metaphor for accuracy.

Example usage:

Alice: "I think that political figure X's policies are terrible."
Bob: "You really hit the nail on the head there, Alice."

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