off the beam

off the beam

Mistaken, inaccurate, or incorrect; going against or straying away from the correct line of thinking. Hyphenated if used before a noun. I'm saddened that the president would choose to make remarks about our troops that are so off the beam. The CEO's off-the beam plans ended up costing the company nearly half a billion dollars in lost revenue.
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off the beam

Off course, on the wrong track, as in He's way off the beam with that argument. This colloquial term and its antonym, on the beam, meaning "on the right track," allude to directing aircraft by means of radio beams. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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on the beam

On course; on the right track. This colloquialism originated about the mid-twentieth century, when aircraft began to be directed by radio beams. Its converse is off the beam, meaning “wrong” or “incorrect.” Both expressions began to be transferred to other enterprises almost at once.
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Lee solidified her chances at joining Biles on the five-woman world championship team when it's selected next month by backing up an impressive opening night by shaking off a hop off the beam to maintain her grasp on second.
In addition to the online mantra maker, the campaign will feature inspirational videos of Laurie--on and off the beam --created to give people a peek inside what motivates her.
Those who scoff at CPEC are apparently off the beam when they pronounce that Pakistan would not be able to service the loans and repatriate profits to Chinese investors, due to diminishing exports, exhausting foreign exchange reserves, a stumbling current account and a heavy debt servicing burden.
The American was wobbly, nearly falling off the beam couple of times as she scored 13.600.
As a Level 3 gymnast, Lee is expected to be able to cartwheel dismount off the beam and complete a handstand vault.
Great Britain made a strong start on the uneven bars and sat third at the first rotation but Simm twice fell off the beam and both Fenton and Kinsella struggled to keep their balance.
But the final issue is how completely did that original label come off the beam? If the old is incompletely removed, the new label will never sit right and function optimally.
Ellie Downie slipped off the beam after sister Becky had pulled out an impressive 15.400 score on the bars.
She came off the beam in the second of four disciplines, but steadied herself on the floor at the scene of her fall - though she was penalised for stepping out of bounds.
There were a few small hiccups along the way for the Brits wi th Becky Downie suffering a fall during her uneven bars routine and Claudia Fragapane coming off the beam.
Antlers typically have long beams with five and (rarely) six points coming forward off the beam.
Fragapane came off the beam to slightly dent her medal bid, scoring 12.966, but Whelan impressed and achieved 14.033, with Harrold also scoring in the 12-point zone to marginally sit ahead of Fragapane and Black ahead of the final rotation.
Biles, however, fell off the beam while performing the last of three moves in a tumbling series and finished seventh (13.133) in the event.
Unfortunately, as Dale's trail cameras had shown on July 25, the buck had broken off a considerable amount of his main beam, a drop tine and a point off the beam. All together, the buck lost nearly 13 inches of antler.
The laser diode (LD) sends a coherent bean through the pin hole (PH) which spreads it into a cone of light which is partially reflected off the beam splitter (beam cube BC) to become the reference beam.