It hit the mark on the button

This double metaphor, and I suppose a congruent conflation, was found in the Augusta Chronicle’s Rants & Raves section.  An anonymous reader wrote: “Big raves to Rick McKee’s cartoon on Friday. It hit the mark on the button.”  This is a congruent conflation of “on the button” and “hit the mark”, both meaning to be exact or correct.  While one might quibble that this is not exactly a malaphor as the metaphors aren’t mixed, the use of two idioms to express a thought is still there.  I say it is a malaphor, and as you all know by now, I am the Malaphor King.  A big thanks to Baoverlie for seeing this one and sending it in!

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