to put your finger on

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"to put your finger on"

to remember, to recall


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - put your finger on

"to put your finger on"

to identify


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - put your finger on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Who is that in talking with the boss? He was here last year about the same time.

Colleague 2:  Oh, ya. He's from accounting. What is his name?

Colleague 1:  It is something unusual. I remember that but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Colleague 2:  It was Fred or Frank or Phillip, maybe. I can't quite remember either.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - put your finger on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You know, I was having the most difficult time identifying why my books weren't balancing. I spent hours and hours and could not figure it out. Then I asked Gill to take a look.

Colleague 2:  Did he identify the problem?

Colleague 1:  Within fifteen minutes, Gill had put his finger right on it. I had posted an entry to two different cost centers.

to put your finger on - Usage:


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to put your finger on - Gerund Form:

Putting your finger on where you left your car keys is important.

Putting your finger on who that is could help land the deal.

to put your finger on - Examples:

1)  Something about this is extremely funny to me, but I can't quite put my finger on why. 

2)  This reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

3)  ... and we want to do it consistently. I couldn't put my finger on why we haven't been doing that regularly.

4)  There's definitely something about this guy. I can't quite put my finger on it but I have a strong hunch that ...

5)  Something doesn't add up about that kid, but I can't quite put my finger on it

6)  It goes back years and I wish I could put my finger on the reason for it.

7)  I was searching for something but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

8)  It's hard to put my finger on just one thing from what was a big year.

9)  I can not put my finger on it, I just can't pin point why we dropped so many catches.

10)  I enjoy it. I can't put my finger on it, but I love it.

11)  I don't know. I wish I could put my finger on it. It has happened a number of times this year.

12)  Then this week, something changed. I can't really put my finger on what happened, but the joy of the Christmas season has found me.

13)  Struggling a little bit mentally with different things, can't quite put my finger on what's wrong, just feeling a little different.

14)  It reminded me of something I couldn't put my finger on for a day or so, thinking I'd read a similar quote from ...

15)  Memories fascinate me because you can never quite put your finger on them now, can you?

16)  ... posh English voice that is, for no real reason you can put your finger on, oddly reassuring.

17)  That sense of unease, of something you can not quite put your finger on, goes to the heart of our long relationship with robots.

18)  Culturally it's quite different here, it's hard to put your finger on what it is but you are aware that you are in a completely different ...

19)  Even if you can't put your finger on it, you know that that face looks weird.

20)  Well I think you have just put your finger on something that is so critical and that is the lack of experience in the ...