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off the mark

Inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter's account is completely off the mark. I thought I knew what the real estate costs were around here, but wow, I was totally off the mark.
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off the mark

Fig. not quite exactly right. Her answer was a little off the mark. You were off the mark when you said we would be a little late to the party. It was yesterday, in fact!
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off the mark

Also, wide of the mark. Inaccurate, wrong, as in The forecast was off the mark, since unemployment is down, or His answers on the test were just wide of the mark. It is also put as miss the mark, meaning "be mistaken," as in The minister missed the mark when he assumed everyone would contribute to the supper. All these terms allude to mark in the sense of "a target," as do the antonyms on the mark and hit the mark, meaning "exactly right," as in He was right on the mark with that budget amendment, or Bill hit the mark when he accused Tom of lying. [Mid-1300s]
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off (or wide of) the mark

1 a long way away from an intended target. 2 incorrect or inaccurate.
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It was good to get off the mark and while I tired after an hour or so my sharpness is returning.
The Invincible Spirit filly only narrowly failed to get off the mark at the first time of asking and she made no mistake as odds-on favourite last time.
Alan Casey then doubled the home side's lead before Craig Henderson got Alnwick off the mark with two minutes to go.
Stockton were quick off the mark at the start of the second half and doubled their tally with a Matthew Cass goal 10 minutes after the restart.
40) has tackled some smart opposition this season and should get off the mark now that Weld lowers the colt's sights in the Cork Race.
I hoped he would get opportunities tonight and he was able to get off the mark.
JAWAAHER showed more than enough on her racecourse introduction to suggest she is capable of getting off the mark in the markstoddart.
Primus Inter Pares, eighth in the Ayr Gold Cup for David Nicholls, finally got off the mark at the winter game in the JP Morgan Cazenove Maiden Chase at Catterick.
French Envoy can also get off the mark for Ian Williams in the Racing Post ( The Horses Mouth Maiden Hurdle.
It has taken her a while to get off the mark, but she has been a bit unlucky and on this evidence she wants a bit further," said Quinn, after the filly had seen off newcomer Monkey Madge by a length.
IAN BELL played through the pain barrier at The Oval to hit a debut half century after Fidel Edwards clattered a bouncer into his shoulder before he had got off the mark.
Four people got off the mark in the final but there were no big wins so it's anyone's game in the chase for the first prize of pounds 500.
Call it ``Toking Weed Divine'' and you wouldn't be too far off the mark.
NYSE:IT) states that wide-area data networking cost projections (the fastest growing portion of most enterprises' networking budgets) made to senior management by network managers have consistently been off the mark.
30 Ayr Since coming from off the pace to get off the mark on his handicap debut at Lingfield in February, Keith Dalgleish's gelding has been racking up the excuses.