Taper dans le mille (tap-ay dahn luh meel) is a slang expression that figuratively means “to hit the nail on the head.” The expression comes from archery where the bullseye was worth 1,000, or mille, points. It’s only worth 10 points now, sort of point deflation.
I saw the expression used recently in an article about getting the perfect holiday gift for someone. Isn’t it great when you get a gift like that, one that tape dans le mille? I’ve had a few special gifts over the years, like the watch with a red “wet-look” strap when I was seven that made me squeal with delight. What gift hit the bullseye for you in the past? What will tape dans le mille for you this holiday season? Me? I’m always up for a new decorating book. If you want a more complete list, just ask!