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miss the mark

To be slightly or somewhat mistaken, incorrect, or inaccurate. I believe your statements about the city's homelessness problem have rather missed the mark. The film tries to be a commentary on the middle class in this country, but it ends up missing the mark.
See also: mark, miss
References in classic literature ?
Then it was Jerry's duty cautiously to retrieve the arrow had it missed the mark.
Nay," said Robin, "thou hast missed the mark and dost but weep for the wrong sow.
In such a case the literary adventurer is censured, not for having missed the mark at which he himself aimed, but for not having shot off his shaft in a direction he never thought of.
Salma Hayek usually hits the mark with her red carpet appearances , but she might have missed the mark with the white figure-hugging, ruffled around the chest dress - it was eye-popping, to say the least - she wore to the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London last night.
Some jokes missed the mark and 'references That's not to say the man is without talent.
In his first web commercial, Democrat Mike Collier, who's running for comptroller, touts his business experience, says the current comptroller missed the mark by $12 billion and promises accurate revenue forecasts if he is elected.
She missed the mark for a first-rate local production.
And yesterday they announced Foinaven had missed the mark by 12 ft.
Josh Shipp had a chance to tie it on UCLA's next possession, but his 24- foot, 3-point attempt, which Howland said was "too far" of a shot, missed the mark with two minutes remaining.
I think the subject Rice writes about is valid, but I think he missed the mark on the causes of the chasm between the older and the younger.
Lancia is supposed to stand for Italian luxury, but it has missed the mark in recent years by developing rebadged versions of Fiat econo models.
I compared his 10 rules to the rules used by my previous supervisors/directors, and the good ones practiced all 10 points; the poor ones missed the mark on at least half of them.
Despite the area's incredible foot traffic, some luxury retailers missed the mark and found it difficult to do business there.
Yet despite doing everything to put the company in the black, his calculations missed the mark and Geneva showed annual losses of around $150.
The visitors, needing a win to boost their slim promotion hopes, hit back with a Mark Booth header which narrowly missed the mark.