wide of the mark

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Adj.1.wide of the mark - not on target; "the kick was wide"; "the arrow was wide of the mark"; "a claim that was wide of the truth"
inaccurate - not exact; "an inaccurate translation"; "the thermometer is inaccurate"
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What's the use of shooting wide of the mark, eh, old boy
Thy reasoning is on a parity with thy fears, both have flown wide of the mark.
She spoke to the Red Queen, whose answer was a little wide of the mark.
Cassandra would have liked to feel certain that, when Katharine made no reply at all or one wide of the mark, she was making up her mind to get married at once, but it was difficult, if this were so, to account for some remarks that Katharine let fall about the future.
She is a social worker at a Merseyside council, but the ECHO understands suggestions circulating locally that the woman knew her attacker are wide of the mark.
The reigning Formula One world champion has been locked in negotiations with the team since the turn of the year, with suggestions he could instead move to Ferrari now looking wide of the mark.
Had a scoring chance in the dying stages with a right-footed shot from outside the box but put it wide of the mark.
Having backed the grey Yes Tom earlier in the week at 33/1 and 40/1 it would be fair to say I was disappointed that the dry weather forecast I read on Monday turned out to be well wide of the mark.
JOEY Essex was a bit wide of the mark when given a jungle history test - getting the date of the end of The First World War wrong by 61 years.
has just released some more comparisons between quoted and actual road-test numbers, and some are very wide of the mark.
Helen Dickinson, head of retail at professional services firm KPMG, said: "Sadly July was a lacklustre month and it's doubtful this trend will change as early expectations the Olympics will raise retailers' fortunes look to be wide of the mark.
WIDE OF THE MARK Is a capital letter An envelope full of cash I think perhaps a hyphen Is a sprint or a dash Is a semicolon Half a back passage Another football metaphor A nether region jazz age Is it hell at Number 10?