wide of the mark

This page is about the idiom 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

a. fine and dry

b. wet and windy

c. clear and warm

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Contributor: Matt Errey