put (your) finger on (something)


put (your) finger on (something)
put (your) finger on (something) to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong.

I know there's something wrong, but I can't put my finger on exactly what it is.

(often negative)

I think you've just put your finger on the biggest problem facing the Conservative party in this election.


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  • not put your finger on something — not put your finger on sth idiom to not be able to identify what is wrong or different about a particular situation • There was something odd about him but I couldn t put my finger on it. Main entry: ↑fingeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • put a finger on something —    If you are able to identify or understand something such as the cause of a problem or the solution to it, you put your finger on it.     The atmosphere at the meeting was strange, but Marie couldn t put a finger on the cause of it finger on… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put your finger on — to find out the exact nature of (something) : ↑identify I feel that something is wrong but I can t quite put my finger on the problem. • • • Main Entry: ↑finger …   Useful english dictionary

  • finger — fin|ger1 W2S2 [ˈfıŋgə US ər] n ↑finger, ↑fingernail, ↑thumb ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your hand)¦ 2 cross your fingers 3 not lift/raise a finger 4 put your finger on something 5 not lay a finger on somebody 6 have/keep your finger on the pulse (of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • finger — [[t]fɪ̱ŋgə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ fingers, fingering, fingered 1) N COUNT Your fingers are the four long thin parts at the end of each hand. → See also light fingered She suddenly held up a small, bony finger and pointed across the room... She ran her… …   English dictionary

  • put — W1S1 [put] v past tense and past participle put present participle putting [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move to place)¦ 2¦(change somebody s situation/feelings)¦ 3¦(write/print something)¦ 4¦(express)¦ 5 put a stop/an end to something 6 put something into… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • finger — 1 noun (C) 1 PART OF YOUR HAND one of the four long thin parts on your hand, not including your thumb: She let sand run through her fingers. | Tim ran his finger along the windowsill. see also: index finger, little finger, middle finger, ring… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • finger — fingerer, n. fingerless, adj. /fing geuhr/, n. 1. any of the terminal members of the hand, esp. one other than the thumb. 2. a part of a glove made to receive a finger. 3. the breadth of a finger as a unit of measurement; digit. 4. the length of… …   Universalium