short of the mark

idiom

: not reaching the target that was aimed for
the bullet was/fell short of the mark
often used figuratively
Our fund-raising fell short of the mark.

Examples of short of the mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Romello McRae inbounded to Carr, who launched a fadeaway shot that was short of the mark and Toreadors players poured off their bench. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2023 Four of the five starters scored double-digit points while junior guard Tyrece Radford was only two points short of the mark. Dallas News, 19 Mar. 2022 That is precisely why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's perfunctory assurance that the winner of the Nov. 3 election would be inaugurated on Jan. 20 falls short of the mark. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 Sep. 2020 The Tide’s 1979 team still came up 21.4 rushing yards per game short of the record, and while the 2013 Auburn attack broke the Alabama’s 1973 record for rushing yards in a season, the Tigers’ average that season fell 37.8 yards per game short of the mark. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2022 But this one, harassed and harried, was short of the mark. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Five out of six reps were on target and the one that wasn’t fell only slightly short of the mark. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2021 Most of the mayhem is executed in great style, though some visual effects fall short of the mark. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 23 Mar. 2023 James fell short of the mark against Dallas, scoring 24 points on 9-of-28 shooting. Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Short of the mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20of%20the%20mark. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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