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Anecdotally, I've noticed that Brits/Aussies favor "on the nose" (though sometimes in a sarcastic way), while mid-west/west-coast Americans say "on the button", and east-coasters say "on the dot."

Is there any regionality to these very similar idioms? I haven't been able to find clear info anywhere.

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    To express what meaning? – Rosie F Oct 30 at 8:22
  • Meaning exactly (especially in reference to time or numbers) – Joe Gelman Oct 30 at 8:28
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    "On the dot" for time is common in Britain. – Kate Bunting Oct 30 at 9:20
  • I'm English and can't say I've ever heard "on the nose". "You've hit the nail on the head" is a widely used expression, equivalent to a confirmatory "Exactly!". But if you're talking about time, as @KateBunting said, you would use "on the dot". – Tim Foster Oct 30 at 9:49
  • Related, not duplicate: Where does the term “on the nose” come from? english.stackexchange.com/q/462470/14666 – Kris Oct 30 at 10:59

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