Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

on the dot

on the dot
Meaning(s)
1) exactly at a specified or expected time
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    • finish work on the dot
  • Analysis
    The phrase 'on the dot' is used to talk about time. If you are 'on the dot' you are precisely on time.  You will hear this phrase used often when people wish to stress the importance of being on time. "Please arrive ten minutes early and expect to begin on the dot at 9 am." "The interview with the minister will take place at 4.45 on the dot. He has a very tight schedule." You will hear this expression used equally in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. No matter what day of the week it is, I finish work at 5 pm on the dot.
    2. The delivery man arrived at 1 pm on the dot, just like he promised he would.
    3. If we are going to make our flight, we will need to leave home on the dot of 8 am.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If you are going to meet our head of department make sure you are on time. He will leave if you aren't there on the dot.
    2. Let us know what time you will arrive at the airport and we'll have a car waiting to pick you up on the dot.
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