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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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Andy Murdoch 7 Put himself about in a packed midfield and wasn't found wanting.
Light-touch regulation has once again been found wanting.
However, he was found wanting in the big one last season and you have to go back to Comedy Of Errors in 1975 for the last horse to win the Champion Hurdle, lose it, and then regain it.
Sadly, for the past 20 years, we have been governed by politicians who have been found wanting and it truly is a time for change, in that the party that we elect at the next election has to put the British people first and our country second.
I have to tell you that I have stayed in many hotels that would have been found wanting by comparison.
The 6mm Lee Navy was found wanting, and it was replaced in the Marine Corps beginning in 1900.
Team manager George Pollock said: "It was a disappointing afternoon and our defence was found wanting for at least two of their tries.
Late on the hosts pressed for an equaliser but were found wanting with the final killer pass.
But when the injuries and suspensions kicked in that is when they were found wanting.
He should get out more since this large shop in between Northfield and Kings Norton wasn't found wanting even mid-afternoon.
Summary: England demolished Australia's scrum but were found wanting in other departments as the Wallabies won 27-17 in Perth.
However, home captain Leigh Adams is rarely found wanting in such situations and he shepherded Korneliussen around for maximum points in heat 13, and the points were then made safe in the penultimate race as Klindt missed out for once.
On the subject of cause and effect, lessons have been learnt -the regular blast of our so-called public services when found wanting.
Our institutions may well be found wanting, but our people have been amazing, acting with courage and generosity.