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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Most of the time your questions are topical; however, sometimes they miss the mark as to relevancy.
With Huckleberry Finn, the speech regulators miss the mark by an incredible margin: Twain's aim was to ridicule racism.
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?
Alpert's criticisms of California State University, Northridge, are well-intentioned but miss the mark completely.
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.
Lawlor miss the mark in ``Discover Nature at Sundown'' (Stackpole Books; $14.