miss the mark


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miss the mark

(Not convey properly), verb be off the mark, cause error, close to, commit an error, get an incorrect assessment, give a false impression, gloss over the signifiiance, go amiss, go astray, go wrong, labor under a misapprehension, make a mistake, miss the importance, miss the most important issue, not be clear, not be germane

miss the mark

(Not on point), verb be deceived, be erroneous, be misguided, be misled, be mistaken, be wrong, commit an error, delude oneself, fall into error, labor under a misapprehension, make a mistake, misapprehend, miscompute, misconstrue, misinterpret, misjudge, receive a false impression
Associated concepts: directed verdict, motion to dismiss
See also: fail, lose
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Jacob Weisberg has written a brisk and convincing account of the shifting fortunes of "government" from Madison to Gingrich, and its argument is eminently reasonable: that a smart, activist government is essential, and that the typical conservative pose ("let's cut everything") and the liberal retort ("don't cut anything" miss the mark.