Can't put my finger on it

Submitted by Ww Ww on 30.12.2016

Can't put my finger on it (English) — I can't put my finger on it. When you are unable to find the cause of a problem, unable to identify the direct reason for something not functioning properly. "This engine is running very roughly, but I can't seem to put my finger on what's causing it."

English, explained by Ww Ww on Fri, 30/12/2016 - 23:17

Can't put my finger on it — "Put one's finger on it" (without "can't") means to identify or understand something properly.

Example: Jamie knew there was a problem with the way the story she wrote ended, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She needed somebody else to point out the problem.

English, explained by ϕιλομαθής on Tue, 21/08/2018 - 12:58

"Can't put my finger on it" in lyrics

Can't put my finger on it
But I know I want it
I'm willing to try another way
That is, if I get by another day
Back and forth, I don't get anywhere
And I've been searching everywhere

Lana Del Rey - Try Tonight

I look at you from above, just in case everything ends
I want you to remember me like I was the first times.
Something's not working, I can't put my finger on it.
Why can't I see what is right in front of me?

El Guincho - Bombay

I am moving so fast
My vision is blurry
Something feels different
But I can't put my finger on it


Brooke Hogan - Love suicide

God I hope
I get this feeling deep inside
That somewhere somehow you passed me by
I can't put my finger on it but
The more that I see you the more that I know
Everywhere you go is everywhere I've been

Ashlee Simpson - In Another Life

Because you've got that something
Something that's just like me
I can't put my finger on it
This chemistry, we agree

Crystal Kay - Love of A Lifetime