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off the mark

Fig. not quite exactly right. Her answer was a little off the mark. You were off the mark when you said we would be a little late to the party. It was yesterday, in fact!
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off the mark

also wide of the mark
wrong or not accurate They said the course would be easy but that turned out to be way off the mark.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the phrase not far off the mark (almost right): If you guessed he was jealous, you would not be far off the mark.
See also: mark, off

off the mark

Also, wide of the mark. Inaccurate, wrong, as in The forecast was off the mark, since unemployment is down, or His answers on the test were just wide of the mark. It is also put as miss the mark, meaning "be mistaken," as in The minister missed the mark when he assumed everyone would contribute to the supper. All these terms allude to mark in the sense of "a target," as do the antonyms on the mark and hit the mark, meaning "exactly right," as in He was right on the mark with that budget amendment, or Bill hit the mark when he accused Tom of lying. [Mid-1300s]
See also: mark, off
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David Howe scored two for the Newtowners and although John Dunn got Heddon off the mark, Karl Lilley restored the visitors' twogoal advantage.
I hoped he would get opportunities tonight and he was able to get off the mark.
After a couple of encouraging runs over timber, he seemed to be regressing rather than progressing but he showed some of his old dash to get off the mark at the rewarding price of 3-1.
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Frankie Hejduk came close and Brian Ching and Taylor Twellman were off the mark in the first half, Josh Wolff was wide with a drive early in the second half, and Canadian goalkeeper Greg Sutton stole the ball off Clint Dempsey's foot with 15 minutes to go.
It has taken her a while to get off the mark, but she has been a bit unlucky and on this evidence she wants a bit further," said Quinn, after the filly had seen off newcomer Monkey Madge by a length.
IAN BELL played through the pain barrier at The Oval to hit a debut half century after Fidel Edwards clattered a bouncer into his shoulder before he had got off the mark.
Four people got off the mark in the final but there were no big wins so it's anyone's game in the chase for the first prize of pounds 500.
The home side got off the mark in 13 minutes with a cracking low shot from just inside the box.
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30 Southwell SP forecast 11-8 Was an 18-race maiden until getting off the mark over fences on October 22 and has quickly rattled up a hat-trick.
CURRAGH trainer Tracey Collins got off the mark for the campaign after the promising Gary Philips guided Pencil Hill to success in the apprentice handicap at Dundalk last night.
RED KESTREL ran an eyecatching race when third on his racecourse debut and is fancied to get off the mark in the 100 Aker Woods Median Auction Maiden at Lingfield.
Vaughn missed at the other end for the Nets but the Lakers couldn't capitalize as Brian Cook's shot from the left block was off the mark.
BE quick off the mark and stay ahead of the opposition is the message to go out from a roadshow next week.