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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NFU Cymru has assessed the CAP reform proposals against four guiding principles - and found them wanting in each case.
Harry Redknapp's side have now won just once in the last six matches and have scored three league goals in 2010 as a closer examination of their Champions League credentials has found them wanting - at least for now.
His essays on the educational reforms favored by student activists in the sixties, with their emphasis on eliminating all forms of external structure, will draw smiles from those (like myself) who tried them and found them wanting.
This book would have been vastly more engaging had it given examples of people who examined their lives, found them wanting and changed them for the better.