be weighed (in the balance) and found wanting

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be weighed (in the balance) and found wanting

To be judged deficient or substandard after being tested or reviewed. The phrase comes from the Bible. The senator always claimed to be hugely popular within his state, but in the most recent election, he was weighed in the balance and found wanting. Look, employee reviews are always nerve-racking—no one wants to be weighed and found wanting.
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weighed (in the balance) and found wanting

Tested and proved faulty. This expression comes from the Bible, as part of Daniel’s interpretation to King Belshazzar of the writing on the wall (Daniel 5:27). It has been used ever since to mean a deficiency or failure.
See also: and, found, wanting, weigh
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