overshoot the mark

overshoot the mark

To pass the intended target, typically due to poor judgment. A: "Did I overshoot the mark?" B: "Yeah, I would back up so that your car isn't sticking out of the parking space!" I think we overshot the mark with our estimate.
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overshoot the mark

1. If you overshoot the mark, you go too far and pass the place where you wanted to be. These birds head for France or Spain but sometimes overshoot the mark and end up in English gardens.
2. If you overshoot the mark, you cause problems by doing something to a greater extent than you intended. A defence cutback took place that went too far — it overshot the mark. Note: The `mark' in these expressions is the target used in archery or shooting.
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overshoot (or overstep) the mark

go beyond what is intended or proper; go too far.
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overshoot the ˈmark

make a mistake when you are judging the amount, etc. of something: He overshot the mark by about $3 million.If you overshoot the mark, you shoot an arrow further than you intended and miss the target.
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It is possible that construction underway in 2011 and subsequently has or will alleviate the apparent shortage of research implied by the data in Figure 1 and overshoot the mark.
Lowering volatility and sopping up excess liquidity can be beneficial, but there are risks here as well: regulators can easily overshoot the mark, leaving financial markets with weakened capacity for price discovery and too little liquidity.
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It's very volatile and tends to overshoot the mark in both directions," he says, citing as an example the high prices of 18 months ago.
However, I venture to argue that the more adamant of Moore's disciples--those who reject science and empirical knowledge as sources of normative ethical guidance--badly overshoot the mark.
Vatikanisches Konzil (Stuttgart, 1977), that the deliberations were not free, or that the majority bishops were manipulated like marionettes, overshoot the mark.
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