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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I can't decide whether to ask anyone in this year because I'm not sure if they found us wanting or looked down on us for living in a tip.
I calculated the weight and bulk ratio of me and Alf plus all our stuff against the speed of oncoming cars, and found us wanting.