on the beam


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. (From sense 1.)
That is exactly right. You are right on the beam.
You’re on the beam. You will finish this with no problems.
3. AND beaming mod. under the effects of marijuana. (Drugs.)
Walter is on the beam again. How can he hold a job?
The only time that Bart is happy is when he is beaming.
4. mod. smart; clever.
That was well done, Tom. You’re on the beam.
She is really on the beam. Glad she came along.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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