hit/miss the mark

hit the mark

1. To have the desired effect. Based on that rousing round of applause, your speech really hit the mark.
2. To be correct or accurate. You really hit the mark with that answer—good job.
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miss the mark

To be slightly or somewhat mistaken, incorrect, or inaccurate. I believe your statements about the city's homelessness problem have rather missed the mark. The film tries to be a commentary on the middle class in this country, but it ends up missing the mark.
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hit the mark

1. If something hits the mark, it is good and achieves what it was intended to achieve. It's the only track on the album which fails to hit the mark. Some of the jokes are gross and some aren't. Some hit the mark brilliantly and others miss by a mile.
2. If a word or description hits the mark, it is accurate. Is there a single word that captures the spirit of this town? `Hospitable' probably hits the mark. Note: The `mark' in this expression is the target used in shooting or archery (= a sport in which arrows are shot from a bow).
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hit the mark

be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess.
The mark referred to here is a target in shooting.
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ˌhit/ˌmiss the ˈmark

succeed/fail in achieving or guessing something: He blushed furiously and Robyn knew she had hit the mark.
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