a far cry from (something)
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. This sleek sports car is a far cry from the bucket of bolts I drove growing up. You'll find that the competition in the minor leagues is a far cry from what you experienced in high school.
2. A long distance away from something. When it's snowing here, it feels especially like we're a far cry from Hawaii. We're a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city here on the farm. You're a far cry from Seattle where you live.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
far cry from, a
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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.
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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.
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far cry, a
A long way, literally or figuratively. This expression is believed to have its source in measuring one’s distance from an enemy in terms of shouting. Sir Walter Scott indicated (The Legend of Montrose, 1819) that it was a proverbial expression of the Campbell clan, which meant that their ancient hereditary domains lay beyond the reach of invaders. However, the term was already being used figuratively by then.
See also: far
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