Be near the mark - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.