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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.
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After more than 30 years in marriage preparation, counseling, and family life ministry in our church, all we can say is that this document misses the mark.
First UK release Visiter mixes up short and sweet musical vignettes amid more sprawling and hypnotic efforts, and rarely misses the mark.
The well-intentioned Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig misses the mark as a great documentary.
It is a special election that reflects the nearsighted agenda of special interests and misses the mark on issues that truly matter to California.
either is correct, but the combination misses the mark.
As both a hunter and someone who considers himself an environmentalist, I think Moss misses the mark entirely by saying the categories are mutually exclusive.
Schroeder's attempt to look for a preventative solution, but he misses the mark by not explicitly condemning Cadet "Garcia.
Charles Paul Freund's emphasis on the British music hall tradition to explain the Beatles' enduring success misses the mark as widely as the explanations he challenges.
It's not often the U2 frontman misses the mark, but his new movie is causing confused sighs from American critics.
I think it's because when an artist whose work is self-proclaimedly "spiritual" misses the mark, even narrowly, there isn't much left to cling to.
What makes such questioning complicated is that each answer often prompts a whole series of new questions, which is where even the most comprehensive package misses the mark.
In a few instances the translation misses the mark.
OSHA's regulatory proposal misses the mark by not going far enough to eliminate the origin of IAQ problems, but rather goes to excessive lengths in proposing record keeping requirements.