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overshoot the mark

To pass the intended target, typically due to poor judgment. A: "Did I overshoot the mark?" B: "Yeah, I would back up so that your car isn't sticking out of the parking space!" I think we overshot the mark with our estimate.
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overshoot the mark

1. If you overshoot the mark, you go too far and pass the place where you wanted to be. These birds head for France or Spain but sometimes overshoot the mark and end up in English gardens.
2. If you overshoot the mark, you cause problems by doing something to a greater extent than you intended. A defence cutback took place that went too far — it overshot the mark. Note: The `mark' in these expressions is the target used in archery or shooting.
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overshoot (or overstep) the mark

go beyond what is intended or proper; go too far.
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overshoot the ˈmark

make a mistake when you are judging the amount, etc. of something: He overshot the mark by about $3 million.If you overshoot the mark, you shoot an arrow further than you intended and miss the target.
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I wanted to create a jungly feel but I've overshot the mark a bit.
I should have heeded my own advice--I overshot the mark on my first sweep.
And ironically, it is this very precision, this orderliness, that so belies the terrible chaos of those first days when naval guns overshot the mark, paratroopers were dropped far from their targets, and bewildering confusion reigned.
What he was trying to do was to find the point at which he could slow down the economy and, in fact, the market, and he would have gently slowed down the market after three hikes, but he overshot the mark and was not patient enough to see the impact of his price hikes.
I rather overshot the mark," she later confided to a group of young dancers.