Definition of hit the mark in US English:

hit the mark

phrase

  • Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess.

    • ‘Both reasons are plausible, but neither quite hits the mark.’
    • ‘With a couple of million of you reading today's Times, your collective predictions stand an extraordinarily good chance of hitting the mark.’
    • ‘But I don't think either of these explanations hits the mark.’
    • ‘When he hits the mark, Lee's a sharp observer of the silly side of life.’
    • ‘Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.’
    • ‘This is a pity, because she almost hits the mark.’
    • ‘It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.’
    • ‘In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.’
    • ‘Since that's almost impossible, most authors agree it's best simply to write a darned good story - and hope it hits the mark.’
    • ‘He hits the mark from time to time with witty dialogue.’
    have the intended effect, make the intended impression, strike home, hit the mark, be registered, be understood, be comprehended, get through, sink in
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