be close to/near the mark

be close to the mark

To almost reach a desired target or outcome. Some of you were very close to the mark on this last test, but no one got a perfect score. His design is close to the mark, but I think we can do better.
See also: close, mark

be close to/near the ˈmark

almost correct or accurate: The estimate of the total cost had been pretty close to the mark, in fact.She thinks it will take six months to complete the job, but I think eight would be nearer the mark.
See also: close, mark, near