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arse end of nowhere

A location that is extremely remote or out of the way, hyperbolically and sarcastically identified as the farthest point away from anything. Primarily heard in UK. She lives out in the arse end of nowhere, so it's a major hassle to go and visit her.
See also: arse, end, nowhere, of

ass end of nowhere

A location that is extremely remote or out of the way, hyperbolically and sarcastically identified as the farthest point away from anything. I don't know what they were thinking building the stadium in the ass end of nowhere. Who's going to drive this far to see a baseball game?
See also: ass, end, nowhere, of

(something) will get (someone) nowhere

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 will get us nowhere. Being the teacher's pet will get you nowhere when the midterm exam rolls around.
See also: get, nowhere, will

lead nowhere

To ultimately yield or achieve no useful, beneficial, or successful result or outcome. This meeting is leading nowhere. We've been here for over two hours now and haven't even been able to come up with a name for our product! It appears that talks between Democrats and Republicans on a compromised spending bill have led nowhere.
See also: lead, nowhere

all dressed up and nowhere to go

 and all dressed up with nowhere to go completely ready for something
that has been postponed or has failed to materialize. (May be literal or figurative.) Tom: I just heard that your company is closed today. Fred: Gee, I'm all dressed up and nowhere to go. The space shot was cancelled, so all the astronauts are all dressed up with nowhere to go.
See also: all, and, dress, nowhere, up

at the end of nowhere

Fig. at a remote place; at some distance from civilization. (An exaggeration.) They live way out in the country at the end of nowhere. The police will never find us here, at the end of nowhere.
See also: end, nowhere, of

come from nowhere

to come as a surprise with no warning. The dogs came from nowhere and attacked my cat. The whole set of problems came from nowhere. There was no way we could have foreseen them.
See also: come, nowhere

Flattery will get you nowhere.

Flattering me will not increase your chances of success. A: Gee, you can do almost anything, can't you? B: Probably, but flattery will get you nowhere.
See also: flattery, get, nowhere, will

get nowhere fast

Fig. not to make progress; to get nowhere. I can't seem to make any progress. No matter what I do, I'm just getting nowhere fast. Come on. Speed up this car. We're getting nowhere fast.
See also: fast, get, nowhere

*in the middle of nowhere

Fig. in a very remote place. (*Typically: be ~; drive [into] ~; put someone or something [into] ~.) To get to my house, you have to drive into the middle of nowhere. We found a nice place to eat, but it's out in the middle of nowhere.
See also: middle, nowhere, of

middle of nowhere

a very isolated place. I don't want to stay out here in the middle of nowhere. I was stranded in the middle of nowhere for an hour with a flat tire.
See also: middle, nowhere, of

nowhere near

not nearly. We have nowhere near enough wood for the winter. They're nowhere near ready for the game.
See also: near, nowhere

*out of nowhere

appearing suddenly, without warning. (*Typically: appear ~; come ~; materialize ~.) A huge bear appeared out of nowhere and roared and threatened us. Suddenly, a truck came out of nowhere. Without warning, the storm came out of nowhere.
See also: nowhere, of, out

go nowhere (fast)

to not progress This debate is going nowhere - we're no closer to a solution than we were when it started. Chloë's job at the health department was going nowhere fast.
See also: nowhere

in the middle of something/doing something

busy doing something We were in the middle of supper when we heard the news. When she called, I was in the middle of giving the baby a bath.
See also: middle, of

(out) in the middle of nowhere

in a place that is far away from where most people live We spent a wonderful year living on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
See also: middle, nowhere, of

nowhere near

not in any way It was a long list and it was nowhere near complete. The movie was nowhere near as bad as Erin said it was. Holzman was nowhere near the player Carey is.
Usage notes: used for emphasis
See also: near, nowhere

nowhere to be found

not able to be seen There were several high-tech devices in the room, but the instructions were nowhere to be found.
See also: found, nowhere

be all dressed up and/with nowhere to go

to be dressed and ready to go somewhere nice, but not have anywhere to go Rob rang up and said he had to work late, so there I was, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
See also: all, and, dress, nowhere, up

Flattery will get you nowhere.

  (humorous)
something that you say to someone in order to tell them that their praise will not persuade you to do anything that you do not want to do Well, I'm glad you liked the meal, but flattery will get you nowhere!
See also: flattery, get, nowhere, will

(out) in the middle of nowhere

in a place that is far away from where most people live I'll need a map to find that pub - it's out in the middle of nowhere, apparently.
See also: middle, nowhere, of

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

in the middle of

1. Also, in the midst of. During, while engaged in, as in He stopped him in the middle of his speech, or I'm in the midst of calculating my income tax. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from about 1500. Also see in the midst.
2. in the middle of nowhere. In a very remote location, as in We found a great little hotel, out in the middle of nowhere. [Early 1900s]
See also: middle, of

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

nowhere near

see under not anything like.
See also: near, nowhere

out of nowhere

Suddenly, unexpectedly, as in That anonymous letter turned up out of nowhere. It is often put as come out of nowhere, as in Their team came out of nowhere and won the state championship. This term uses out of in the sense of "from," and nowhere in the sense of "an unknown place." For a synonym, see out of a clear blue sky.
See also: nowhere, of, out

get nowhere fast

in. to make very poor progress. We are getting nowhere fast around here.
See also: fast, get, nowhere

middle of nowhere

n. an isolated place. I don’t want to stay out here in the middle of nowhere.
See also: middle, nowhere, of

nowhere

mod. bad; no good; dull. This place is really nowhere. Let’s go.

miles from nowhere

In a very remote place.
See also: mile, nowhere

nowhere near

Not nearly: has nowhere near enough money to buy a house.
See also: near, nowhere
References in classic literature ?
The boats, and trains, and cows and horses were quite meaningless to him, but not quite so baffling as the odd little figures which appeared beneath and between the colored pictures--some strange kind of bug he thought they might be, for many of them had legs though nowhere could he find one with eyes and a mouth.
He went nowhere, save to the pawnbroker, took no exercise, and ate methodically when he was hungry and had something to cook, and just as methodically went without when he had nothing to cook.
Over all was that air of abandonment and decay which seems nowhere so fit and significant as in a village of the forgotten dead.
In their travels they saw many marvelous and fearful things, and at length came to the wonderful land of Nowhere.
New Zealand possesses two bats found nowhere else in the world: Norfolk Island, the Viti Archipelago, the Bonin Islands, the Caroline and Marianne Archipelagoes, and Mauritius, all possess their peculiar bats.
why should the species which are supposed to have been created in the Galapagos Archipelago, and nowhere else, bear so plain a stamp of affinity to those created in America?
The supply of food, on an average, remains constant, yet the tendency in every animal to increase by propagation is geometrical; and its surprising effects have nowhere been more astonishingly shown, than in the case of the European animals run wild during the last few centuries in America.
Oh nowhere, nowhere,' he returned with excessive mildness.
The Nowhere Emporium focuses on Daniel Holmes, a Scottish orphan in a children's home who is adopted by Lucien Silver, owner of the mystical, mysterious Nowhere Emporium and becomes his assistant.
NOWHERE, PICO IYER claims, is the most interesting destination.
Bo Brock's first book Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere published in May 2014 has been as high as #5 on the Amazon Best Selling Humor List.
Now they begin nowhere, go nowhere in particular, and end as they began--nowhere.
News from Nowhere marked its 40th anniversary with an event at the Adelphi hotel with music, a raffle and dancing.
THERE'S always a team that comes from nowhere to gain promotion to the Premier League.
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