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a far cry from (something)
1. Vastly different from something. Living in the heart of New York City is certainly a far cry from living in the rural countryside.
2. A long distance away from something. When it's snowing here, it feels especially like we're a far cry from Hawaii.
far cry from something
a thing that is very different from something else. What you did was a far cry from what you said you were going to do. The song they played was a far cry from what I call music.
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1. Also, far from. Very different from, as in Thinking someone is stupid is a far cry from saying so, or Far from being neutral, Jack regarded him as his friend. The first term may have originated as calculating the distance of one's enemies by shouting, but it has been used figuratively (signifying difference rather than distance) since the early 1800s. The variant, dating from the mid-1600s, is most often used with a participle, as in the example ( being).
2. far from it. An interjection expressing strong denial, as in I thought you were bored.-Far from it, I enjoyed the evening.
a far cry from something
COMMON If a situation that exists now is a far cry from one that existed in the past, it is very different from it. It isn't a perfect democracy, but it's a far cry from the authoritarian rule of only a few years ago. The level of interest in stock car racing is a far cry from what it was when Petty first hit the circuit.
a far cry from somethingvery different from something: This house is a far cry from our little flat. ♢ Her designs are a far cry from the eccentric clothes she used to make.
1. A long way: stuck at the airport in Memphis, a far cry from Maine.
2. Something that is very different from something else: This food is a far cry from what we got in the cafeteria.