Off the mark

Definition

Off the mark is an idiom that means to be inaccurate or incorrect.

Examples

I’m afraid your guess was off the mark – the correct answer is actually 42.

That was a good attempt, but it was slightly off the mark.

I think you’re way off the mark with that conclusion.

My initial diagnosis was off the mark – the patient actually had a different condition.

I’m afraid you’re off the mark on this one – the correct answer is not what you said.

Origin

The origin of this idiom is unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the early 1800s.

Faqs

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What does “off the mark” mean?

A

Off the mark is an idiom that means to be inaccurate or incorrect.