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.
See also: but, cigar

Close, but no cigar

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phr. Close, but not close enough to win a prize! Close, but no cigar! Give it another try.
See also: but, cigar