Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put (your) finger on

put finger on
Meaning(s)
1) identify or remember the details of something
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    • I just can't put my finger on it
  • Analysis

    If you 'can't put your finger on' something it means not to know, be able to identify what is wrong, or what is different or unusual about a situation or matter. "I couldn't quite put my finger on what age he was." "Something seems strange about the room, but I couldn't put my finger on it." You can use this expression in social and professional situations.


  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I've always been able to understand this, but right now I just can't put my finger on it.
    2. I know we've met before but I just can't put my finger on where.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I've always been able to understand this, but right now I just can't put my finger on it.
    2. I know we've met before, but I just can't put my finger on where.
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