miss the mark


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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.
See also: mark, miss

ˌhit/ˌmiss the ˈmark

succeed/fail in achieving or guessing something: He blushed furiously and Robyn knew she had hit the mark.
See also: hit, mark, miss
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Although marketers and advertisers lust over Boomers' high purchasing power, they generally miss the mark when it comes to segmenting the group and maximizing targeted results.
IT'S A DEBATE that's been swirling for decades - did Columbia miss the mark when the label had the not-yet-anointed Queen of Soul under contract?
Yet, traditional methods aimed at getting teens to see the light usually miss the mark.
With Huckleberry Finn, the speech regulators miss the mark by an incredible margin: Twain's aim was to ridicule racism.
Most show rooms miss the mark when attempting to resemble your living room.
While there are some clear exceptions to this, such as Ameriquest which aced our evaluations, the majority of Super Bowl advertisers seemed to miss the mark when it comes to search.
Alpert's criticisms of California State University, Northridge, are well-intentioned but miss the mark completely.
We know if we miss the mark our message may never reach its intended targets, and media exposure opportunities could be lost," said Venture Net Capital Group President/CEO Michael Brette.
Psychological researchers found that just mild intoxication will make the accused miss the mark by about 10 seconds.
Editor Samuel Vaughan has done a masterful job of culling through mounds of Buckley's columns, books, speeches and editorials to capture Buckley's bon mots, few of which miss the mark.
California wireless carriers continue to believe that the proposed wireless regulations, as currently written, miss the mark for consumers by threatening the low rates, convenient services and coverage area improvements that our customers care about most.
Lawlor miss the mark in ``Discover Nature at Sundown'' (Stackpole Books; $14.
Competing products miss the mark either by not solving the hard problems or being too complex for effective use.
In addition, most of the competing products miss the mark on ease of use and core competency focus, restricting the ability of a corporate IT department to implement their solution, and end-users from gaining substantial direct benefits.