so near (and) yet so far

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so near (and) yet so far

1. Some outcome is or was very close to happening, but it will not, may not, or did not happen, and therefore it seems like it is or was never so close. They reached the semifinals, only to have their championship dreams dashed by a crushing 4-0 defeat. So near, yet so far.
2. One is very close to completing or succeeding at something, but there is still difficult work to do before that can happen. I finished the rough draft of my thesis, but I still have to edit and proofread it. I'm so near and yet so far.
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so near and yet so far

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so near yet so far

You say so near and yet so far or so near yet so far to say that someone almost achieved what they wanted, but in the end just failed. It was a case of so near yet so far yesterday for Catriona Jones when she finished just one shot behind the tournament winner.
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so near and yet so far

a rueful comment on a situation in which you have narrowly failed to achieve an aim.
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so ˌnear and ˌyet so ˈfar

used to describe a situation in which somebody is very near to success, but finally fails: He came second in the piano competition, only one point behind the winner. So near and yet so far.
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so near and yet so far

Nearby but still unattainable. This term appeared in the Roman writer Martial’s Epigrams (ca. a.d. 85) but apparently did not enter the English language for some time. Tennyson used it in “In Memoriam” (1850): “He seems so near and yet so far.”
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For Castleford, a place in the Grand Final, many neutral observers would say their season's exploits has deserved; for St Helens, heart-breakingly so near yet so far, but clear indications that Saints are back in serious business.
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It was so near yet so far for the 20-year-old, who deservedly led by a set and then a break in the decider.
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IT was a case of so near yet so far for Owain Doull and the Great Britain Team Pursuit quartet at the World Track Cycling Championships in the Lee Valley Velopark, London, last night as Australia snatched gold.
The forward, who has signed a new two-year deal with the Glasgow club, said: "It was a case of so near yet so far but missing out makes us want to go that step further.
The long awaited Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino fight seems so near yet so far again.
For Arjun Kadhe, it was again a case of so near yet so far as the Maharashtra boy had to be satisfied with a runner- up finish just like last year when he lost to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in the final.
Johnson added: "It was a case of so near yet so far.
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The fact the leadership can now change hands on the back of just one day's results means it is a case of so near yet so far for Blaydo.
Murray so near yet so far, so dominant then suddenly so.
His 10 books include Cricket Fever: A History of Pakistan-India Tours (2008); Mission Caribbean: A Guide to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 (2007); World Cup 2003: Top of the Charts (2005); Spotlight on World Cup 2003 (2005); World Cup 1999: So Near Yet So Far (2000); Pakistan's Sports Greats (1997); Pakistan: The Land of World Champions (1995); Pakistan's Triumph in World Cup 1992 (1993); The Caribbean Challenge: A History of Pakistan-West Indies matches (1989) and Focus on World Cup (1987 and 1994).
Pages 4 & 5 Heathrow so near yet so far RAIL access from South Wales to Heathrow Airport could be inadequate for many years to come without further lobbying for improvements, transport experts claim.