Definitions

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  • adj. In the right place at this very moment.

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  • adj. at the scene of action

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Multi-lingual, he is also an incredible multi-tasker, holding or having held many of the key jobs in the international arbitration world, including the Presidency of the London Court of International Arbitration and the World Bank Administrative Tribunal while moonlighting every few years as an on-the-spot arbitrator for the Olympic Games (someone has to be on tap to decide doping challenges).

    Discourse.net: Jan Paulsson to Join UM Law Faculty

  • There's a wealth of on-the-spot information in the Yolisto site -- a community site, including forum, that focuses on northwest Yucatan, especially coastal areas (www. yolisto.com).

    Retiring in Yucatan

  • The British foreign secretary who announced, on the eve of the first world war, that the lamps were going out all over Europe and would not be lit again in his lifetime made an on-the-spot epochal judgment that was vindicated by history.

    George Osborne's autumn statement speaks to the public mood | Martin Kettle

  • Instead the deputy prime minister proposes a loosening of the rules that will see company inspections capped to twice a year and an end to on-the-spot inspections.

    Nick Clegg to propose relaxing regulations for small businesses

  • Tim Arthur, director of operations at the NPIA, said: "Identification is crucial to police investigations and giving officers the ability to do this on-the-spot within minutes is giving them more time to spend working in their communities, helping to fight crime, bringing more offenders to justice and better protecting the public."

    NPIA rolls out mobile fingerprint technology

  • Indeed, recent research shows that on-the-spot novel problem solving fluid intelligence and task switching are related to the ability to come up with unusual uses for an object.

    Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.: Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

  • Conspiracy theories always crack me up, and that little diagram is on-the-spot funny.

    Matthew Yglesias » Conspiracy Theories and Tea Parties

  • Quora might explore partnering with The Knight Foundation to provide the seed capital toward developing an "answer mining" service layer -- an easy way for nonprofit champions to access the collective wisdom they need efficiently for on-the-spot application.

    Deron Triff: Wanted: Chief Good Officers

  • Reporters have to sift through countless, often conflicting, on-the-spot accounts by non-journalists that have already been "published" in billions of posts and videos when the professional reporters are getting out of bed.

    Jim Sleeper: Markets, New Media, the Occupiers, and the Next Step

  • But a highly suspect poll has no more credibility than a few on-the-spot interviews with "ordinary" people.

    Afghan poll-iticking

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