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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Adieu, my ever, ever beloved Julia--be to me as I am to you, a friend indeed, one tried and not found wanting. In haste, your
In the hour of need, however, he was not found wanting. Most of the amputations in the new settlements, and they were quite frequent, were per formed by some one practitioner who, possessing originally a reputation, was enabled by this circumstance to acquire an experience that rendered him deserving of it; and Elnathan had been present at one or two of these operations.
They were tried by some new test, and they were found wanting. As for Charlotte--as for Charlotte she was exactly the same.
My days were not days of the week, bearing the stamp of any heathen deity, nor were they minced into hours and fretted by the ticking of a clock; for I lived like the Puri Indians, of whom it is said that "for yesterday, today, and tomorrow they have only one word, and they express the variety of meaning by pointing backward for yesterday forward for tomorrow, and overhead for the passing day." 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. A man must find his occasions in himself, it is true.
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. But the strain was fearful.
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!
According to him, no pilgrim from Yobe State has been found wanting during the exercise as they have abided the Saudi's rules and regulations.
In a statement by the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mahadi Aliyu, the two traditional rulers were found wanting.
The politician said he would not be found wanting in reaching out to the unionist community - insisting he would meet members of the royal family and attend Orange events if invited.
Early pace is a potent weapon over jumps as it can put the hurdling technique of others under pressure, with novices in particular often found wanting in that regard.
The Hammers have conceded six goals in their opening two games, been beaten twice and a midfield pair of Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere has been found wanting - particularly in terms of being unable to protect their defence.
The comments are a reflection of character - and Coleman's is found wanting.
Thus these people have special needs, but the state has been found wanting in fulfilling its obligations in this respect.