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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He had it drilled in to us that we'd worked so hard throughout the year that there was no team going to find us wanting in the last 10 minutes.
All I can assure you from the Government of India side is that you will not find us wanting, we would be flexible, we would recognize the history of the Nagas," said Pillai.
But if a society is judged by how it treats its elderly, then future generations will find us wanting indeed.
Singh continually makes vague assurances on the CTBT like, "At the end of the day, Strobe, you will not find us wanting.