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no cigar

A phrase said when one is almost correct or successful but ultimately fails. Most commonly heard in the phrase "close but no cigar." Cigars were once commonly used as prizes or awards. You all had some very good guesses—they were close but no cigar.
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close but no cigar

A phrase said when one is almost correct or successful but ultimately fails. Cigars were once commonly used as prizes or awards. You all had some very good guesses—close but no cigar.
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Close, but no cigar.

Cliché Some effort came close to succeeding, but did not succeed. (Alludes to not quite winning a cigar as a prize.) Jill: How did you do in the contest? Jane: Close, but no cigar. I got second place.
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close but no cigar

A narrowly missed success, as in That ball was definitely out-close but no cigar. This interjection alludes to awarding a cigar to the winner of some competition, such as hitting a target. [Slang; early 1900s]
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close but no cigar

or

nice try but no cigar

You say close but no cigar or nice try but no cigar to mean that someone is almost correct or that they have almost been successful, but are not quite correct or successful. He tried to break the record. It was close, but no cigar. Note: In the past, cigars were sometimes given as prizes at fairs. This expression may have been used if someone did not quite manage to win a prize.
See also: but, cigar, close

close but no cigar

(of an attempt) almost but not quite successful. North American informal
This phrase possibly originated as a consoling comment to or about a man who put up a good, but not winning, performance in a competition or contest of strength in which the prize was a cigar.
1995 Nick Hornby High Fidelity But, you know…you did not represent my last and best chance of a relationship. So, you know, nice try. Close, but no cigar.
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close but no ciˈgar

(American English, informal) used to say that the answer, result, etc. is not quite good enoughThis expression comes from the old US custom of giving a cigar as a prize in fairground games of skill, such as shooting games.
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Close, but no cigar

(klos...)
phr. Close, but not close enough to win a prize! Close, but no cigar! Give it another try.
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smoke both ends of the cigar

tv. to perform male to male fellatio. I think they’re smoking both ends of the cigar.
See also: both, cigar, end, of, smoke

a good five-cent cigar

A sensibly affordable item. The remark “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar” was popularized by Thomas Riley Marshall, vice president of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. In one account, he made the remark while presiding in the Senate after he heard a succession of senators enumerate what was lacking in the United States. The remark, which most likely originated with a 19th-century humorist named Kin Hubbard, was appropriated by several generations of Americans to complain obliquely about overpriced items of any sort.
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References in classic literature ?
I didn't say a word, but with extreme courtesy, I may say with most refined courtesy, I reached my finger and thumb over towards the poodle, took it up delicately by the nape of the neck, and chucked it out of the window, after the cigar.
Coulson said, sticking his cigar in a corner of his mouth and leaning back in a comfortable attitude, "but it does seem to me that you are none too rapid on this side in clearing up these matters.
You big fella fool too much," Van Horn retorted harshly, dropping his gun into the stern-sheets, motioning to rowers and steersman to turn the boat around, and puffing his cigar as carelessly casual as if, the moment before, life and death had not been the debate.
Nor did she look at the juxtaposition of cigar and finger, although she knew by the evidence of her nose that it still obtained.
Besides my cigar, do you smell anything else--vile, abominable, overpowering, indescribable, never-never-never-smelt before?
and Rose looked up at the bonny Prince, who never looked less bonny than at that moment, for he had resumed his cigar just to torment her.
I would have thought no more of knifing him than of smoking this cigar.
They established themselves comfortably in the veranda seat; Father Brown, against his common habit, accepted a good cigar and smoked it steadily in silence, while the rain shrieked and rattled on the roof of the veranda.
Leith dreamily surveyed the long ash of his cigar and turned to me.
Dunster, shaved and clothed, was seated in an easy-chair drawn up to the window of his room, smoking what he was forced to confess was a very excellent cigar.
After dinner, when Dolly went away to her own room, Anna rose quickly and went up to her brother, who was just lighting a cigar.
His gray beard was stained with streaks of tobacco juice, and he was smoking a cigar.
The Prince had lit a large cigar, and was apparently on the best of terms with himself and the world in general.
In the smoking-room of Lady Wetherby's house, chewing the dead stump of a once imposing cigar, Dudley Pickering sat alone with his thoughts.
You choose a cigar, you try it, and it disappoints you.