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

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
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.
Twelve, or at the most thirteen, might be near the mark.
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.
The ramp will provide improved access for HOV and transit users working at or near the Mark Center site.
them If his assessment is anywhere near the mark, then Ruby Walsh's mount is set to record a Festival first.
Janet thought the hair was a bit long and the "miz expression" a bit near the mark - but otherwise I got her seal of approval.
It's really weird, you read it and it's quite near the mark and you get there and it goes even further.
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.
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.
Connections have not set their sights too high in aiming at the Michael Seely Memorial Glasgow Stakes and if his entry in next month's Derby is anywhere near the mark, Duke Of Venice should revel in the step-up in distance.
29 [pounds sterling] for the brands is probably near the mark.