a far cry from

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a far cry from something

very different from something Playing in a comedy is a far cry from playing a criminal in a mystery.
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Alderson, the longest-serving GM in the majors, keeps the title of president and will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the team, which finished 65-97 last season, a far cry from the glory days of pennants and Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson.
That was a far cry from the previous three games when Anaheim amassed 45 runs.