wide of the mark

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*wide of the mark

 
1. Lit. far from the target. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~.) Tom's shot was wide of the mark. The pitch was quite fast but wide of the mark. The arrow fell wide of the mark.
2. Fig. inadequate; far from what is required or expected. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~.) Jane's efforts were sincere but wide of the mark. He failed the course because everything he did was wide of the mark.
See also: mark, of, wide
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THEIR singer's been described as having the "unholiest shriek in rock", they've been likened to a string of bands that fall wide of the mark and they claim Franz Ferdinand were "before our time".
While last year's performance was defined by a dismal fourth quarter, the most pessimistic of predictions for 2008 will most likely fall wide of the mark, LaSalle Investment Management announced in their 2007 / 2008 US Real Estate Securities Market Review and Outlook.
Cooking directions are simple and the packaging displays the product well, although such recipes as Kebab Curry Risotto with mango chutney fall wide of the mark.
Predictions sometimes fall wide of the mark, but at other times they are eerily spot on.
It's an angry spraygun approach, and many of the shots fall wide of the mark.
And a low cross to the near post proved to be the visitors' best chance of the half when John Aloisi threw himself at the ball, only to see his excellent effort fall wide of the mark.
Dijksterhuis's judgement does not fall wide of the mark when he writes: `there is much in the conceptions involved which later science will have to reject as insufficient, but nothing that need be rejected as fundamentally unphysical.
Occasionally the jokes fall wide of the mark and in places you'll see the gags coming from a mile off, but these are minor gripes about a movie that has got something for everybody.
In the cook house, they turned back to their chicken Kiev and joked about the inaccuracy of the Chinesemade rockets - most of which are dud or fall wide of the mark The battlegroup's leader, Colonel Ben Edwards, said: "They're a nuisance, to be honest, for as long as they keep missing.