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(something) won't get (someone) anywhere

Something, typically a certain behavior, will not help someone progress or succeed in any way. Look, we can sit here arguing over who screwed up all day long, but pointing fingers at each other won't get us anywhere. Being the teacher's pet won't get you anywhere when the midterm exam rolls around.
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not anywhere near

1. Completely unlike; not at all similar. This design's not anywhere near what I had in mind—you'll just have to start over from the beginning.
2. A great deal less; not nearly. I do pretty well in math, but I'm not anywhere near as gifted as my older sister.
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not get anywhere

To make no progress at all; to be stuck or at an impasse. Look, we've been discussing this issue all day and we haven't gotten anywhere. Let's take a break and start again tomorrow. A: "How did the negotiations go today?" B: "We didn't get anywhere. I don't know how we're going to get this deal approved by the deadline."
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get anywhere

To make progress. Did you guys get anywhere in the negotiations today? Ugh, I'm not getting anywhere with my research right now.
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get nowhere

Also, not get anywhere. Make no progress, as in I've tried to put this together, but I'm getting nowhere with it. This expression is sometimes intensified as get nowhere fast, as in I tried phoning but got nowhere fast. [Early 1900s] Also see get somewhere; get there.
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not anything like

Also, nothing like; not anywhere near; nowhere near. Quite different from, far from; also, not nearly. For example, The town's library isn't anything like the university's library, or His outfit was nothing like his brother's, or It isn't anything like as cold as it was last winter, or That movie isn't anywhere near as exciting as I thought it would be, or Her diamond is nowhere near as big as mine. The phrases with like date from the late 1700s, and those with near from the mid-1400s.
See also: anything, like, not
References in classic literature ?
I am sorry to hear you say so, sir; but I assure you, excepting those little nervous headaches and palpitations which I am never entirely free from anywhere, I am quite well myself; and if the children were rather pale before they went to bed, it was only because they were a little more tired than usual, from their journey and the happiness of coming.
But he ceased to think it a joke when his wife shortly afterwards gave birth to a boy, who screamed lustily till he was put quite close to the fire, and who nearly yelled himself into a fit if the Snow-daughter came anywhere near him.
I do not understand 'going anywhere,'" said Don Quixote; "explain thyself more clearly, Sancho, if thou wouldst have me give an answer to the point.
I have not yet seen a servant anywhere, or heard a sound near the castle except the howling of wolves.
A snake who could make himself comfortable in a quagmire, a hundred feet deep, would be protected on the outskirts by such stupendous morasses as now no longer exist, or which, if they exist anywhere at all, can be on very few places on the earth's surface.
To tell the truth, my Tess, I don't like you to be left anywhere away from my protection and sympathy.
It may be true that "a contented mind is happy anywhere," but so is a Jerusalem pony, and the consequence is that both are put anywhere and are treated anyhow.
The client throws his hat and gloves upon the ground--tosses them anywhere, without looking after them or caring where they go; flings himself into a chair, half sighing and half groaning; rests his aching head upon his hand and looks the portrait of young despair.
We had been very happy at Columbus, as we were apt to be anywhere, but none of us liked the narrowness of city streets, even so near to the woods as those were, and we were eager for the country again.
Everything's dead, up there--no flesh or blood or growing thing anywhere.
The Wizard and Dorothy have both come here through the air, and I am told the earth people have invented airships that can fly anywhere they wish them to go.
For Glinda has a big book in which is recorded every event that takes place anywhere in the world, just the moment that it happens, and so of course the book would tell her about the wireless message.
I wouldn't go anywhere with him; but rather than hurt his poor little tender feelings I said I wasn't going to the game at all.
He went about feeling the ground with his feet and the whip, but could not find the road anywhere.
So long as the way was interesting, they dared not how long it proved from anywhere to anywhere.