wide of the mark

This page is about the idiom wide of the mark


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

a. fine and dry

b. wet and windy

c. clear and warm

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Contributor: Matt Errey