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fall wide of the mark

1. Literally, to be far from hitting a target. Wow, that shot really fell wide of the mark. Is the ball even still on the green? Watch out, that arrow is falling wide of the mark!
2. By extension, to be inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter's accusations fall completely wide of the mark. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I fell wide of the mark.
See also: fall, mark, of, wide
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be/fall wide of the ˈmark

(also be (a long) way off the ˈmark) be not at all correct or accurate: No one knew where Bangalore was, and their guesses were all wide of the mark. OPPOSITE: on the nose
See also: fall, mark, of, wide
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