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on the spot

[ on-thuh-spot, awn- ]SEE DEFINITION OF on the spot

Synonyms for on the spot

  • burning
  • contemporary
  • crying
  • current
  • fast
  • imperative
  • present
  • pressing
  • prompt
  • quick
  • clamant
  • dire
  • direct
  • exigent
  • existent
  • extant
  • importunate
  • insistent
  • instantaneous
  • on-the-spot
  • present-day
  • split-second
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Antonyms for on the spot

  • future
  • old
  • old-fashioned
  • past
  • slow
  • tardy
  • unimportant
  • delayed
  • eventual
  • late
  • later
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WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "moral stain," probably from Old English splott "a spot, blot, patch (of land)" infl. by Middle Dutch spotte "spot, speck." Other cognates are East Frisian spot "speck," North Frisian spot "speck, piece of ground," Old Norse spotti "small piece." It is likely that some of these are borrowed, but the exact evolution now is impossible to trace.

Meaning "speck, stain" is from mid-14c. The sense of "particular place" is from c.1300. Meaning "short interval in a broadcast for an advertisement or announcement" is from 1923. Proceeded by a number (e.g. five-spot) it originally was a term for "prison sentence" of that many years (1901, American English slang). To put (someone) on the spot "place in a difficult situation" is from 1928. Colloquial phrase to hit the spot "satisfy, be what is required" is from 1868. Spot check first attested 1933. Spot on "completely, accurately" is attested from 1920.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ON THE SPOT

behind the eight ball

adjectivein a jam
  • in Dutch
  • in a pickle
  • in a tight spot
  • in hot water
  • on the hot seat
  • on the spot
  • out on a limb
  • up the creek

exposed

adjectivemade public

on call

adjectiveready to work
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