put one's finger on

put one's finger on
To identify, specify, name or pick out (usually negative)

There’s something wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it.


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  • put\ one's\ finger\ on — • put one s finger on • lay one s finger on v. phr. To find exactly. The engineers couldn t put their fingers on the reason for the rocket s failure to orbit. We called in an electrician hoping he could put a finger on the cause of the short… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • put one's finger on — ► put one s finger on identify exactly. Main Entry: ↑finger …   English terms dictionary

  • put one's finger on — also[lay one s finger on] {v. phr.} To find exactly. * /The engineers couldn t put their fingers on the reason for the rocket s failure to orbit./ * /We called in an electrician hoping he could put a finger on the cause of the short circuit./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's finger on — also[lay one s finger on] {v. phr.} To find exactly. * /The engineers couldn t put their fingers on the reason for the rocket s failure to orbit./ * /We called in an electrician hoping he could put a finger on the cause of the short circuit./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's finger on — phrasal identify < put his finger on the cause of the trouble > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • put one's finger on — phrasal : discover, identify put his finger on the cause of the trouble …   Useful english dictionary

  • put one's finger on — identify (something) exactly. → finger …   English new terms dictionary

  • put one's finger on smth — locate precisely, remember exactly I was unable to put my finger on the exact date of his arrival …   Idioms and examples

  • put one's finger on something — identify something exactly he cannot put his finger on what has gone wrong …   Useful english dictionary

  • put one's finger in the dike — attempt to stem the advance of something undesirable Origin: from a story of a small Dutch boy who saved his community from a flood by placing his finger in a hole in a dike …   Useful english dictionary

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