Definition of off target in US English:

off target


  • 1So as to miss or fail to achieve the thing aimed at.

    ‘his shot was off-target’
    as adjective ‘two off-target bombs’
    • ‘Most of the troops dropped by airplane were thirty-five miles off target.’
    • ‘Greece narrowed its central government budget deficit by 37 percent in the first nine months of 2012, the finance ministry said on Thursday, but revenues were still off target.’
    • ‘Good coverage depends on having very small droplets, although these are more readily blown off target by wind than large drops.’
    • ‘It was only 800 ft off target.’
    • ‘Pierzynski is hitting the ball with authority, more than compensating for off-target throws to second base.’
    • ‘Carty went for a point and his off-target effort was kept in play by Sean Quinn who flicked it up for Niall Quinn and he punched the ball into the net.’
    • ‘Your goal should be to eliminate off-target movement of pesticides, no matter how small it may be.’
    • ‘David Whittle had a half chance late in the first half but his shot from 25 yards was just off target.’
    • ‘Last year some 45% of hospitals missed the target, and so far this year 70% are off target.’
    • ‘Many of his passes were way off target.’
    1. 1.1 Not accurately described or predicted; incorrect.
      ‘the original estimate was off target’
      • ‘So that objection is simply off target.’
      • ‘Forecasts that are grossly off target can do more than merely hamper efficiency.’
      • ‘Off-target campaign rhetoric is not limited to matters of war and peace.’
      • ‘The official line is that the strategists lost their jobs in companywide downsizings that had nothing to do with off-target predictions.’
      • ‘Unless I'm completely off-target here, he claims that the stuff we read or see in the foreign media isn't really how people feel, that the effect is superficial.’
      • ‘Great care must be taken in estimating rental income as the agent's estimate may be well off target.’
      • ‘Many of his predictions have been way off target.’
      • ‘It is "off-target" to suggest that the best way to improve governance is by reducing government resources and responsibilities, the report adds.’
      • ‘That comparison seems pretty off target to me.’