(to be) wide of the mark

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - wide of the mark

"(to be) wide of the mark"

inaccurate, wrong or inadequate;

far from what is required or expected


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wide of the mark

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I am afraid that the ideas in your report are just not acceptable.

Colleague 2: Why do you say that?

Colleague 1: You do not take into account the changes in the industry and are based on a current snapshot of the economy. Without factoring in changes in the global economy, your ideas are wide of the mark. They are just too inaccurate to be valid.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wide of the mark

A father and son are talking ...

Father: I thought I asked you to clean the garage.

Son: I did.

Father: I think you are a bit wide of the mark on that. There are still boxes not put away and various sorts of litter all over the place. I would like you to properly clean the garage. That means everything in its place and the floor swept spotlessly.

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(to be) wide of the mark - Gerund Form:

Being wide of the mark, he misread the prospective customer and lost the sale.

(to be) wide of the mark - Examples:

1)  I'm not all the way there and I could be completely wide of the mark but this is my current understanding of the plot. 

2)  However, for me, this movie shot very wide of the mark. It had no point. 

3)  And yet those naysayers are so wide of the mark they might as well be blind-firing into the wind.

4)  But some believe that such glowing tributes are wide of the mark, and point to darker elements in Einstein's career and personal ...

5)  Again, common broad brush strokes, but often well wide of the mark. My own relatively recent experience has been very different. 

6)  ... but certainly the description of drop-catching is completely wide of the mark and bears little relation to the actual activity.

7)  This statement is very wide of the mark. Many scientists have suggested plausible mechanisms supported by substantial research.

8)  ... and to accuse our staff of a lack of passion or desire is wide of the mark. There seems to be a desperation to find someone to blame.

9)  ... global warming hypothesis relies on this seminal paper, which is by warmist admissions completely wide of the mark.

10)  Mr. Rick's opinion piece is wide of the mark. This is not about the private sex lives of anyone.

11)  The models used for risk assessment turned out to be far wide of the mark - a costly deviation - and if you go back and look ...

12)  Nietzsche did have a point. He may have been wide of the mark but he had nonetheless identified a problem.

13)  Quite right the white knight was so wide of the mark with his malicious critique that it makes him look ridiculous and lame.

14)  Do you agree with what is written above or am I wide of the mark?

15)  Portraying agency spend as a waste is not only wide of the mark, it is also hugely disrespectful to the individual temporary workers who ...

16)  I would also add that many analysts make predictions that turn out to be hopelessly wide of the mark.

17)  ... but I think his point about capping fares is a touch wide of the mark, because although high prices do often signal scarcity, ...

18)  Secondly, the notion that voters even know who their MPs are is wide of the mark -- according to Ipsos-MORI only 38% can even name their MP.

19)  ... to overweight and obese patients who have already developed heart problems to lose weight was wide of the mark as it might have a 'negative effect'.

20)  ... estimates of the profits that will be made in the future - they could be wide of the mark, especially if the economy is weaker than expected.