on the beam
phrasal 1. following a guiding beam 2. proceeding or operating correctly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • On the beam — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam./ 2. {slang} Doing well;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam./ 2. {slang} Doing well;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the beam — (informal) CORRECT, right, accurate, true, on the straight and narrow, on the right track, on the right lines; informal on the money, on the mark; Brit. informal spot on. → beam * * * phrasal : following a guiding beam : proceeding correc …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the beam — 1. mod. homing in on an aviation radio beam. (No longer a major navigational device.) □ The plane was on the beam and landed safely in the fog. □ I couldn’t get on the beam, and I flew right over the airfield. 2. mod. on the right course or track …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • on\ the\ beam — adv or adj. phr. 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam. 2. slang Doing well; just right;… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on the beam — doing well, just right or correct What he said about the tax problem was right on the beam …   Idioms and examples

  • on the beam — aer. idi a) on the course indicated by a radio beam b) Informal. correct; exact …   From formal English to slang

  • on the beam — Synonyms and related words: aside, askance, askant, asquint, broadside, broadside on, crabwise, directly, down the alley, edgeway, edgeways, edgewise, glancingly, go go, groovy, hep, hip, into, laterad, laterally, on its side, on the straight,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • On the weather beam — Beam Beam (b[=e]m), n. [AS. be[ a]m beam, post, tree, ray of light; akin to OFries. b[=a]m tree, OS. b[=o]m, D. boom, OHG. boum, poum, G. baum, Icel. ba[eth]mr, Goth. bagms and Gr. fy^ma a growth, fy^nai to become, to be. Cf. L. radius staff, rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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