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wide of the mark

Meaning: If something is wide of the mark, it isn't true or accurate, or it misses the target.

For example:

  • The manager expected sales to double this year, but his prediction was wide of the mark. They only increased by ten per cent.

  • Ronaldo's first shot was wide of the mark, but his second one went right into the back of the net for a goal.

Quick Quiz:

The weather forecast for today was wide of the mark. It's been a beautiful sunny day, but the forecast said it would be
  1. fine and dry
  2. wet and windy
  3. clear and warm

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