near the mark

near the mark

Close to or approximating a desired target or outcome; almost correct, accurate, or acceptable. Some of you were very near the mark on this last test, but no one got a perfect score. His design is near the mark, but I think we can do better.
See also: mark, near
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near (or close to) the mark

almost correct or accurate.
The mark in this and the two following idioms is a target or goal.
See also: mark, near
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References in classic literature ?
And perhaps his not being shot was in some degree attributable to this very circumstance; for his extreme audacity, and the conviction that he must be one of those to whom the proclamation referred, inspired the soldiers with a desire to take him alive, and diverted many an aim which otherwise might have been more near the mark.
Now,' said Brass, picking up his hat again and replacing the shade over his eye, and actually crouching down, in the excess of his servility, 'What does all this lead to?--what should you say it led me to, gentlemen?--could you guess at all near the mark?'
I glanced at the king, and, as I did so, I thought that I heard him mutter: "Near the mark, not in it."
Twelve, or at the most thirteen, might be near the mark.
If my conjecture is anywhere near the mark, then the penny might drop and perhaps party political agreement with regard to Brexit might seem like a more desirable outcome.
Conditions were challenging at the golf course and even some forceful golfers like Damil Ataullah, Shahid Abbas and Farid Malik ended up with a disappointing outing with strokes losses just too many and their overall score was nowhere near the mark of excellence.
They acted fairly well but some of the patter was near the mark and the song which allowed you to guess the rude words was a new level of vulgarity in a kids' show.
It was disappointing - I thought we had an opportunity there because the ball was swinging around all day but we were nowhere near the mark.
them If his assessment is anywhere near the mark, then Ruby Walsh's mount is set to record a Festival first.
It's really weird, you read it and it's quite near the mark and you get there and it goes even further.
He's definitely one to keep on the right side Colin Tizzard Trainer Hell's Bay 1.55 Ascot The way Hells Bay has been working lately I'd be disappointed if he's not near the mark Nick Smith Ascot head of communications Dynaste 2.30 Ascot David Pipe wouldn't have pitched him in if he thought it was a foregone conclusion for Big Buck's Jason Maguire Jockey Wymott 2.45 Haydock He's got a lot of weight but he ran a blinder in the Hennessy and hopefully he's the class horse in the race Evan Williams Trainer Sailors Warn 3.35 Ascot Last year's Triumph Hurdle form is working out well and Tony McCoy riding for Edward O'Grady catches the eye
Cwmbran Shopping Centre manager Gerry Hutchings said: "The comments are nowhere near the mark and I would doubt that he's been in Cwmbran."
"What's going to happen in January is we'll sit in front of press conferences fielding questions, some of them near the mark and some way off.
Picture those ice-cream spoons and you're near the mark.