miss\ by\ a\ mile

miss\ by\ a\ mile
v. phr. informal
1. To shoot at something and be far from hitting it; not hit near.

Jack's first shot missed the target by a mile.

2. To be very wrong; be far from right.

Lee tried to guess on the examination, but his answers missed by a mile.

3. To fail badly; not succeed at all.

John Brown wanted to be governor but in the election he missed by a mile.


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