find (something) wanting

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find (something) wanting

To discover or determine that someone or something is deficient in certain or overall requirements, expectations, or standards. The report found the government's stimulus plan wanting in several key areas. Though impressed by his application letter, the firm found his C.V. wanting. Mary was found wanting in basic social etiquette by her peers.
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You can't help comparing the pristine joins of Serra's steel plates (fabricated in Siegen, Germany) with the less-than-slick plaster ceilings and partial cupolas above, with their random rows of spotlights and whimsical curves, and find them wanting.
Of course, in the end Strobe did find them wanting, and so from an outsider's perspective, and admittedly with the benefit of hindsight, this looks as much like Indian strategy as good faith.
Hall's costumes (now looking like Goodwill rejects) and find them wanting.
When Catholics turn to the RUC for protection they find them wanting just as in the 1960s and 70s.