far off the mark

far off the mark

Totally inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter is far off the mark in her accusations. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I was far off the mark.
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far off the mark

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way off the mark

If something that you say or write is far off the mark or way off the mark, it is completely wrong or not at all accurate. Mussels are sometimes called `Poor Man's Oysters', but I think that name is way off the mark. Mussels are every bit as good as the more expensive oyster. I guessed it cost three thousand dollars and apparently I wasn't far off the mark. Note: Less often, people simply say that someone or something is off the mark, meaning they are not right or correct. While he does make one or two valid points, I find much of his argument off the mark.
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It's disappointing to know we were so far off the mark.
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The mixed weather did not deter people as the claims of nearly 100,000 people in Dublin did not seem far off the mark.
As it turned out we weren't far off the mark with the diagnosis.
I don't want to talk names but those that have been bandied around are not too far off the mark," Farish said.
Perhaps RS Thomas wasn't far off the mark when he wrote about Wales having a past "brittle with relics.
Hilaire was using some hyperbole in explaining his decision, his claim that the change essentially creates "a Democratic super-district" isn't too far off the mark.
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Z - to Park End via Marton Road and Ladgate Lane I may not be absolutely 100% correct and there are a few I am not sure about but I do not think I am far off the mark.
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