off the mark


: not accurate or correct : not achieving the desired result
Their estimates were completely off the mark.
His efforts to console her were off the mark.

Examples of off the mark in a Sentence

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“Off the mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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