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be way off beam
To be inaccurate or wrong. Primarily heard in UK. I never once said that! Your reporter is way off beam in her accusations. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I was way off beam.
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be way off beamBRITISH
If something is way off beam, it is completely wrong or mistaken. Some of his remarks were way off beam. Note: This refers to the use of a radio signal or beam to direct aircraft which were coming in to land. A radio transmitter on one side of the runway transmitted dots, or short tones, while one on the other side transmitted dashes, or long tones. If pilots were coming in on the right course, the dots and dashes merged and the pilots heard a continuous tone.
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