One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess.
have the intended effect, make the intended impression, strike home, hit the mark, be registered, be understood, be comprehended, get through, sink inView synonyms
- ‘With a couple of million of you reading today's Times, your collective predictions stand an extraordinarily good chance of hitting the mark.’
- ‘Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.’
- ‘He hits the mark from time to time with witty dialogue.’
- ‘It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.’
- ‘This is a pity, because she almost hits the mark.’
- ‘Both reasons are plausible, but neither quite hits the mark.’
- ‘When he hits the mark, Lee's a sharp observer of the silly side of life.’
- ‘In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.’
- ‘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.’
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