wide of the mark

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wide of the mark

: not accurate or correct : not achieving the desired result
  • Their estimates were completely wide of the mark.
  • The results of the fund-raising were wide of the mark.

Word by Word Definitions

wide play
  1. : having great extent : vast

  2. : extending over a vast area : extensive

  3. : extending throughout a specified area or scope

  1. : over a great distance or extent : widely

  2. : over a specified distance, area, or extent

  3. : so as to leave much space or distance between

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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