miss its/the mark

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of miss its/the mark

: to fail or be wrong
  • Their estimates completely missed the mark.
  • The ad campaign was supposed to appeal to young people but it missed the mark.

Word by Word Definitions

miss play
  1. : to fail to hit, reach, or contact

  2. : to discover or feel the absence of

  3. : to fail to obtain

  1. : disadvantage or regret resulting from loss

  2. : a failure to hit

  3. : a failure to attain a desired result

  1. used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl

  2. used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated

  3. : young lady

mark play
  1. : a boundary land

  2. : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

  3. : something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

  1. : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

  2. : to plot the course of : chart

  3. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary

  1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver

  2. : a unit of value:

  3. : an old English unit equal to 13s 4d

  1. : an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark

  2. : the second Gospel (see 1gospel 1) in the New Testament — see Bible Table

  3. : a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde


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