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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Twice Over took the pace, Pressing took the pace - they wanted to test the stamina of Paco Boy, an exceptional horse, and they found him wanting in the last half-furlong.