Would you be so kind to explain the meaning of the phrase "on this one" please.

A little story:

A man had a lot of tasks in a school, but he didn't do them properly. He made a mess of them.

Another man said: "Follow me on this one."

In this context does "on this one" mean "Now (from now on) you should do it as I tell you", or does "on this one" = now?

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    Follow me on this one = Pay attention to me and the way I do this one. - "One" = this job/piece of work. (With the implication that the man should learn how to do the job from the other man.)
    – Greybeard
    Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 19:59
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    My guess based on very little information: the phrase means "on this matter." When we disagree, you may be right sometimes and I may be right sometimes. So as a general matter you would be wise to require proof rather my assurance alone. But "on this one," trust me although I cannot prove the point, because I'm sure of myself.
    – Chaim
    Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 20:00
  • In this context, on this one is just the same as on this. It's this that's relevant. I'm assuming it's obvious from context; however, no context is provided in the dialogue in the question. Commented Aug 10, 2020 at 20:32

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"on this one" is synonymous with "in this matter (that we are considering)".

"You don't know the way through the maze? Follow me on this one."

"Making onion soup? Follow me on this one"

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