far off the mark

far off the mark

Very 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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When Lumir says that she cannot find any truth in it, she is not far off the mark. Fabienne lies to survive.
To say that Lang's, in Moss Street, was an old man's pub would not be far off the mark.
Comparisons with Lionel Messi's effort against Liverpool were not far off the mark, Tidser leaving debutant Ross Laidlaw with absolutely no chance.
But in percentage terms, I have a slightly different opinion because the same agency made a prediction which turned out to be far off the mark.
It was after the pups had gotten bigger that the office worker confirmed they were actually Japanese raccoon dogs or 'tanuki.' To be fair, the vet wasn't too far off the mark because tanuki are indeed related to dogs.
JONATHAN WALTERS last night said Stephen Ward's Whatsapp version of events over his bust-up with Roy Keane 'wasn't far off the mark'.
That is a ridiculous statement and far off the mark. There are nowhere near 100 walks let alone hundreds and to say that businesses lose millions of pounds is fantasy.
TO say that Queen & Disco are the most important club night in Derry right now wouldn't be far off the mark.
FRIDAY HOT DUBTIME MACHINE They say it's "the best party ever" and they might not be too far off the mark. See for yourself at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
However, if you align the scoring system for Scrabble with the surnames you can select the highest scorers and you probably won't be too far off the mark compared with reports in the national tabloids and myriad internet sites.
In general, his assessments are not too far off the mark and, as unfashionable as it sounds, that FA Cup Final defeat by Manchester United last term could have cost him a realistic crack at the England job.
( If you hum it to yourself , you'll find they weren't far off the mark).
Think of it as a shrunken BMW X6 in appeal and you're not far off the mark. The design is neat and interesting, with hidden rear door handles, deeply sculpted lower body panels and a CR-V-style front grille, headlamps and pointed taper at the rear side window line.
"I don't want to talk names but those that have been bandied around are not too far off the mark," Farish said.