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off the mark

Is ‘off the mark’ a proper english?

“My earlier calculation on the number of slides is off the mark. I have just added on department of building & the current total is 97. I still haven’t receive department of Real Estate which would be another 17 slides. The total will be around 120 slides.”

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Or, also may be from archery; missed the bullseye is off the mark.

porsche October 27, 2005, 5:36pm

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It's simply a metaphor, perhaps a dead one. Imagine measuring and marking a piece of wood, cutting it, then measuring it again, discovering that it was cut to the wrong size.

porsche October 26, 2005, 2:57pm

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Acceptable, but I prefer the term, "Off Da Hook".

good October 1, 2005, 1:31pm

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It is an expression meaning "incorrect", roughly.

Ben September 29, 2005, 6:49pm

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