Definition of hit the mark in US English:

hit the mark

phrase

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

    • ‘When he hits the mark, Lee's a sharp observer of the silly side of life.’
    • ‘This is a pity, because she almost 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.’
    • ‘Both reasons are plausible, but neither quite hits the mark.’
    • ‘Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.’
    • ‘But I don't think either of these explanations hits the mark.’
    • ‘Since that's almost impossible, most authors agree it's best simply to write a darned good story - and hope it hits the mark.’
    • ‘In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.’
    • ‘He hits the mark from time to time with witty dialogue.’
    • ‘It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.’
    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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