(to be) on to something

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on to something

"to be on to something"

to be aware of or have information that could lead to an important conclusion or discovery


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on to something

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I have been looking at some sales data for the past year and I think I may have found an interesting trend.

Colleague 2:  Tell me.

Colleague 1:  Well, it seems that we thought that consumers were buying our product in anticipation of weather changes but if you analyze the data, it looks like that is not true.

Colleague 2:  You may be on to something there.  I think you should expand your data analysis and see if you can find more information that could help us boost sales.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on to something

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  I think that when I combine grammar with jokes that students retain the information better.

Teacher 2:  That's very interesting.

Teacher 1:  I have been trying the jokes and giving tests and there seems to be a correlation.

Teacher 2:  You could be on to something. Is there a way that you can test your hypothesis further?

Teacher 1:  I will think about that and see what I can come up with.

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to be on to something - Gerund Form:

Being on to something means that you could be close to solving and difficult issue.

to be on to something - Examples:

1)  I think he's on to something here that is truly revolutionary.

2)  You can see that I'm on to something but not yet sure how it works.

3)  Hillary really was on to something there and paranoia is absolutely justified.

4)  your parents want something, anything to convince them that you may be on to something, data is how it's going to happen.

5)  You're on to something big. Because hard work ain't hard when you concentrate on your passions.

6)  I believe you may be on to something.

7)  I like both short stories and novels. I think Evan's on to something here. Many great novels began as short stories.

8)  It didn't take long for Rahul to realize he was on to something.

9)  I knew I was on to something when a few years back people started poking fun about my work.

10)  I really felt he was on to something, and kept turning the page waiting for some truly revolutionary ideas, but never ...

11)  I think he is on to something. And I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised ...

12)  My tutor says I'm really on to something -- we can't find anything wrong about it or too far out.

13)  From past experience, I think this study is on to something. They should create more intriguing studies on relationships like this one. 

14)  So perhaps Harran's lawyers are on to something. But on to what, exactly?

15)  Our pride was palpable. We knew we were on to something.

16)  You can always upgrade if you sense that you're on to something big.

17)  You guys are on to something really awesome here, and since you've got some really influential support going for ...

18)  It looks like Jakab is on to something. Shares for the retailer have more than doubled in the past year.

19)  I think that you are on to something with this idea, but it needs revision to account for these ...

20)  You might be on to something with the micro targeting of these blocks.