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    #1

    off the mark

    This is what I hear from the news: "the sea turtle is already off the mark giving the nod to Brazil to win the opener..."


    Is it right?

    "Off the mark" means " not right". But the sea turtle's prediction is correct in fact.

    Thanks!

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    Re: off the mark

    In soccer, if someone is "off the mark" s/he has scored a goal.

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    Re: off the mark

    Additionally, in races, the runners are told 'take your marks' or 'on your marks'. On the gun, the first off the mark gets the best start.

    In cricket, snooker etc, a player's score starts at zero. As soon as a run or point is scored he/she is off the mark.

    I cannot open your link, but it means the sea turtle has got its first prediction right.

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    Re: off the mark

    Thank you. That's different from what I see as in http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/off+the+mark?s=t.

    So in sports it means differently from in other aspects.

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    #5

    Re: off the mark

    I was also thrown by that statement. I assumed it was connected to "to be way off the mark" meaning "to be a long way from correct" or "to be a long way from the truth".
    I didn't consider it to mean "right" because I didn't consider those sporting contexts.

    Had I written that sentence, I would have used "The sea turtle is off to a great start ..." or "The sea turtle was right on the money ..." or "The sea turtle was spot on, giving the nod ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: off the mark

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thank you. That's different from what I see as in http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/off+the+mark?s=t.

    So in sports it means differently from in other aspects.
    Click here to check out get off the mark.

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