Smack dab
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British pronunciation/smˈak dˈab/
American pronunciation/smˈæk dˈæb/

in a precise and exact way

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smack dab definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "smack dab" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "smack dab" is somewhat uncertain, but it is believed to be of American origin. It likely emerged in the United States, particularly in the American Midwest, in the 20th century. The phrase combines the words "smack" and "dab" to emphasize the precision and centrality of the location or placement of something. "Smack" in this context means "directly" or "squarely," and "dab" refers to a small, precise amount or touch. When used together, this expression is used to describe something that is positioned or located directly in the middle or at a precise point, often with an emphasis on the unexpected or noticeable placement.

The painting hung on the wall is smack dab above the fireplace, making it a focal point in the room.
The car hit the pothole and the tire blew out, leaving us smack dab in the middle of the road.
The restaurant is located smack dab in the heart of downtown, making it convenient for tourists.
She placed the cake on the table smack dab in the center for everyone to admire.
I found the missing key on the floor, smack dab in the middle of the living room.
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