What does X marks the spot mean?


Idiom Meaning:

the exact location


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Time of Scene: ~00:27:00

Indiana Jones: Archeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re interested in, Dr. Tyree’s Philosophy class is right down the hall. So forget any ideas you’ve got about lost cities, exotic travel, and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and X never, ever marks the spot.


Saw (2004)

Time of Scene: ~00:11:00

John: Your aim in this game is to kill Adam. You have until six on the clock to do it. There’s a man in the room with you. When there’s that much poison in your blood, the only thing left to do is shoot yourself. There are ways to win this, hidden all around you. Just remember, X marks the spot for the treasure. If you do not kill Adam by six, then Alison and Diana will die, Dr. Gordon and I’ll leave you in this room to rot. Let the game begin.


Saw II (2005)

Time of Scene: ~01:03:00

John: Right now, you are breathing in a deadly nerve agent. You’ve been breathing it since you’ve arrived here. Those of you familiar with the Tokyo subway attacks will know its devastating effects on the human body. The only way to overcome it and walk out that door is to find an antidote. Several are hidden around this house. One is inside the safe in front of you. You all posess the combination to the safe. Think hard. The numbers are in the back of your mind. The clue to their order can be found over the rainbow. Once you realize what you all have in common, you will gain a better understanding of why you’re here. X marks the spot for that clue, so look carefully. Let the game begin.



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