a far cry from something

a far cry from something

COMMON If a situation that exists now is a far cry from one that existed in the past, it is very different from it. It isn't a perfect democracy, but it's a far cry from the authoritarian rule of only a few years ago. The level of interest in stock car racing is a far cry from what it was when Petty first hit the circuit.
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a far cry from something

very different from something: This house is a far cry from our little flat.Her designs are a far cry from the eccentric clothes she used to make.
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