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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.
See also: anywhere, get

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.
See also: anywhere, near, not

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.
See also: anywhere, get, not

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.
See also: get, nowhere

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 ?
What's the good of either of us going anywheres without the other one now?
Sangsby, wos, that when I wos moved on as fur as ever I could go and couldn't he moved no furder, whether you might be so good p'raps as to write out, wery large so that any one could see it anywheres, as that I wos wery truly hearty sorry that I done it and that I never went fur to do it, and that though I didn't know nothink at all, I knowd as Mr.
Say, dog, you could pull down ribbons like a candy-kid in any bench show anywheres.
We'll see the next time you ask me to go anywheres with you.
God damn it, anyway, it never done nothin' for me, an' I guess I'm husky enough to scratch for us both anywheres.
You didn't,' said John, looking about, as though he had lost his pocket-handkerchief, or some such slight article--'either of you gentlemen--see a--a coffin anywheres, did you?