close to the mark


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close to the mark

Close to or approximating a desired target or outcome; almost correct, accurate, or acceptable. 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.
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``If we get the basics right then we will be pretty close to the mark this season.''
Objectors felt the title was 'a bit close to the mark'.
Any film that depicts us as alcoholic, calorie-counting, choc- and man-obsessed lunatics may be just a little close to the mark.
A good operator would use his experience and perhaps historical data to assist his guess and usually get quite close to the mark. A bad or inexperienced operator could waste much time and material before producing acceptable parts because he has no means to translate a given blank weight into the arbitrary control settings used.
The price usually ends up close to the mark anyway, he adds.
Sales managers, market researchers, and Wall Street analysts are all expected to come up with reasonably accurate estimates of what's likely to happen to monthly and quarterly sales--and often find that their best predictions don't even come close to the mark. The forecasting models aren't to blame; the problem is just that the real software marketplace is a lot more volatile and untidy than professional crystal-ball gazers like to believe.