fall wide of the mark

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fall wide of the mark

1. Literally, to be far from hitting a target. Wow, that shot really fell wide of the mark. Is the ball even still on the green? Watch out, that arrow is falling wide of the mark!
2. By extension, to be inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter's accusations fall completely wide of the mark. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I fell wide of the mark.
See also: fall, mark, of, wide

be/fall wide of the ˈmark

(also be (a long) way off the ˈmark) be not at all correct or accurate: No one knew where Bangalore was, and their guesses were all wide of the mark. OPPOSITE: on the nose
See also: fall, mark, of, wide
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Just before half-time Newcastle should have regained the lead but a Hannah Keane effort fell wide of the mark.
After that it was a fairly even first half and although the home side had the better chances they all fell wide of the mark.
Huddersfield's hopes of making progress in this season's Heron White Rose Trophy fell wide of the mark yesterday.
Just like the 100,000 fans who will stream through the gates at Silverstone race day, Schumacher concedes he has no idea who will come out on top in the British Grand Prix ( and is keen not to offer predictions after his recent tips fell wide of the mark.
Just like the 100,000 fans who will stream through the gates at Silverstone race day, Schumacher concedes he has no idea who will come out on top in the British Grand Prix - and is keen not to offer predictions after his recent tips fell wide of the mark.
Although the statistic is designed to shock, it certainly fell wide of the mark with me.
This eighty-painting retrospective should enable us to see whether David hit the target or fell wide of the mark.