find (something) wanting

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find (something) wanting

To discover or determine that someone or something is deficient in certain or overall requirements, expectations, or standards. The report found the government's stimulus plan wanting in several key areas. Though impressed by his application letter, the firm found his C.V. wanting. Mary was found wanting in basic social etiquette by her peers.
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References in classic literature ?
In the hour of need, however, he was not found wanting.
They were tried by some new test, and they were found wanting.
This was sheer idleness to my fellow-townsmen, no doubt; but if the birds and flowers had tried me by their standard, I should not have been found wanting.
Strange as my circumstances were, the terms of this debate are as old and commonplace as man; much the same inducements and alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner; and it fell out with me, as it falls with so vast a majority of my fellows, that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the strength to keep to it.
For example, there are few men of extraordinary profundity who are found wanting in an inclination for the bottle.
But he persevered heroically, and so far had not been found wanting.
Who in mere lackadaisical want of an emotion have agreed upon a little dandy talk about the vulgar wanting faith in things in general, meaning in the things that have been tried and found wanting, as though a low fellow should unaccountably lose faith in a bad shilling after finding it out
ANAMBRA state governor, Chief Willie Obiano has cautioned commissioners, civil servants or government officials in the state against involving in any act of corrupt practices or fraud, warning any officer found wanting would be severely dealt with.
Johnson said: "At the time we thought it was the right decision but we've been judged and found wanting from a few on that one.
Of course, it's entirely possible that, the very next week, many or even all of them will belatedly be found wanting, so we'll have to eat many slices of humble pie.
If money was all it took to create successful sides, then why have managers - such as Brendan Rodgers, who spent in excess of PS200m at Liverpool and Andre Villas Boas who spent heavily at Chelsea - been found wanting.
He said: "It was a failure from the Westmister-centric 'Eddie the expert' and 'Clarrie the commentator' who were tested and found wanting.
Kevin McHattie 7 Good physical battle with Vuckic, wasn't found wanting.
Adams says he will be looking at attack, midfield and defence as well as the character of the team, which he reckoned to be found wanting in the 2-0 reverse at Bootham Crescent.
Most of the TV pundits have been found wanting - what they are wanting most is English lessons, particularly the English ones.