Get something right is a very frequently used phrase, so I thought it should be some kind of usual usage. But I searched it in COCA, it turns out there are no records. So I wonder if it’s a good way to say someone must have made some smart choices.Or is there any good alternative to that?

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    Something similar (sometimes with we don't): They must know something (we don't). – KannE Apr 8 '20 at 20:46

It's usually in the past tense, they got something right or they must have gotten something right.

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  • Further to the above, for future events, the form need to do something right would probably be more common. Also, in contemporary language, preference for future events is more commonly expressed using need to do and have to do than must do (the latter being typical for beliefs about the present, as in "you must be starving"). – epl Apr 7 '20 at 7:24

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