not go far

not go far

To not last for very long; to not be adequate for what is needed. I think you should have brought more cash; $50 doesn't go very far in this city! All the aunts, uncles, and cousins will be coming, so I one pot of chili won't go far.
See also: far, not

not go ˈfar


1 (of money) not be enough to buy a lot of things: $20 doesn’t go very far these days.
2 (of a supply of something) not be enough for what is needed: One loaf won’t go far among ten people.
See also: far, not
References in classic literature ?
Just so, but under these conditions the man is not at liberty; he is attached to the pump which sends him air through an india-rubber tube, and if we were obliged to be thus held to the Nautilus, we could not go far.
But it seems to me that in this twilight, and in the midst of this fluid, which is very dense compared with the atmosphere, shots could not go far, nor easily prove mortal.
He was a bright and clear intelligence, and if his light did not go far, it is to be said of him that his worst fault was only to have stopped short of the finest truth in art, in morals, in politics.
We were just getting started, and we could not go far in a single generation.
She said she would not go far, and would call at the haunted house once a month for her money.
We durst not go far from our bark, and therefore were obliged to a toilsome march along the windings of the shore, sometimes clambering up rocks, and sometimes wading through the sands, so that we were every moment in the utmost danger of falling from the one, or sinking in the other.
LGBT charity Stonewall Cymru said the new proposals do not go far enough.
However, the committee said that did not go far enough.
MORE funding for film and television production in the region is welcomed - but does not go far enough.
The usual suspects say that this does not go far enough.
The vote was a reversal from a January 2010 Quinnipiac survey, when nearly two-thirds of voters said the government's activities did not go far enough to adequately protect the country.
TORY rebel Nadine Dorries yesterday called for a "kill Cameron strategy", insisting a new group set up to push the Prime Minister to the right did not go far enough.
But Sir Stuart said that last month's budget did not go far enough to increase growth and jobs in the country.
Summary: Several thousand people took to the streets of Casablanca Sunday to press for deeper political reforms, saying recent changes did not go far enough.
GOVERNMENT plans for police chiefs to review requests from paedophiles and rapists to be removed from the sex offenders register after 15 years do not go far enough, MPs and peers said.