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Hello and welcome to episode 191…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… close, but no cigar
“My mother gave me one piece of advice that stuck with me. She said don’t forget where you came from.” — Eva Longoria
close, but no cigar … a phrase used to say that a guess was almost correct…to have fallen short of a successful outcome
The Cavaliers almost won. They lost the championship to the Warriors.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… close, but no cigar
It was close but no cigar for the Cavaliers. They lost the championship to the Warriors.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … close, but no cigar
spoken in a conversation
Teacher: What is the capital of Pennsylvania? Student: Philadelphia? Teacher: Close, but no cigar. It’s Harrisburg.
Sales Manager: Did the sales team land the account? Sales Executive: They were close, but no cigar.
Graduate Student: Did I ace my exam? Professor: You came close, but no cigar.
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informal | used in relaxed situations with family, friends, or people you know