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(one) can't take (someone) anywhere

Used to humorously indicate that someone cannot be trusted to behave in a socially acceptable manner in a public setting. Then he wolf whistled the waitress and knocked over one of the tables on the way out of the restaurant. I swear, I can't take my father anywhere. Would you two please be quiet? People are trying to watch the movie. Gosh, I can't take you anywhere! What are you doing wearing jeans to a fancy event like this? Man, I can't take you anywhere.
See also: anywhere, take

(something) won't get (someone) anywhere

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 won't get us anywhere. Being the teacher's pet won't get you anywhere when the midterm exam rolls around. Complaining about the rain won't get you guys anywhere. Just brainstorm and come up with indoor activities to do.
See also: anywhere, get

anywhere from (one number) to (a different number)

Any number within a specific range. A: "How old do you think Dave is?" B: "Geez, anywhere from 30 to 40? It's hard to tell." A repair like this could run you anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000, depending on how much damage they find. Originally, I thought we could get $215,000 to $220,000 for our house, but now that the market has shifted, we'll be lucky to get more than $200,000!
See also: anywhere, different, to

get (one) nowhere

To result in no progress for one at all; to cause one to be stuck or at an impasse. Discussing this issue has gotten us nowhere. Let's take a break and start again tomorrow. Doing the same thing over and over will get you nowhere. You've got to try a different method.
See also: get, nowhere

get anywhere

To make progress. Did you guys get anywhere in the negotiations today? Ugh, I'm not getting anywhere with my research right now.
See also: anywhere, get

miles from anywhere

In an extremely remote, isolated location, ever far away from other people. I'd rather pay a little more for a hotel right in the city than be miles from anywhere in some dinky B&B.
See also: anywhere, mile

miles from nowhere

In an extremely remote, isolated location, ever far away from other people. I'd rather pay a little more for a hotel right in the city than be miles from nowhere in some dinky B&B.
See also: mile, nowhere

not anything like

1. Completely unlike; not at all similar. This design isn't anything like what I had in mind—you'll have to just start over again. This rusty hunk of junk is not anything like the car you promised to get me!
2. A great deal less than; not nearly. I do pretty well in math, but I'm not anything like my older sister. She's a genius!
See also: anything, like, not

not anywhere near

1. Completely unlike; not at all similar. This design's not anywhere near what I had in mind—you'll just have to start over from the beginning.
2. A great deal less; not nearly. I do pretty well in math, but I'm not anywhere near as gifted as my older sister.
See also: anywhere, near, not

not get anywhere

To make no progress at all; to be stuck or at an impasse. Look, we've been discussing this issue all day and we haven't gotten anywhere. Let's take a break and start again tomorrow. A: "How did the negotiations go today?" B: "We didn't get anywhere. I don't know how we're going to get this deal approved by the deadline."
See also: anywhere, get, not
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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

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
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.

get somebody ˈnowhere/not get somebody ˈanywhere

not help somebody make progress: His job is getting him nowhere. He ought to try and find another one.All these questions aren’t getting us anywhere. We need to make a decision.

ˈget somewhere/anywhere/nowhere

make some/no progress: Now at last we’re getting somewhere!You’ll get nowhere in life if you don’t work harder.Are you getting anywhere with that new manager?

miles from ˈanywhere/ˈnowhere

far away from a town, a village, other houses, etc: The car broke down when they were miles from anywhere.They live in the country, miles from nowhere.
See also: anywhere, mile, nowhere

nowhere/not anywhere ˈnear

not nearly: The bus was nowhere near full.The test wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as I expected.
See also: anywhere, near, not, nowhere

I, you, etc. can’t take somebody ˈanywhere

(informal, often humorous) used to say that you cannot trust somebody to behave well in public: You’ve got soup all over your shirt — I can’t take you anywhere, can I?
See also: anywhere, somebody, take
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

miles from nowhere

In a very remote place.
See also: mile, nowhere
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The boat comes alongside; the bags are dragged in anyhow, and flung down for the moment anywhere. Three cheers more: and as the first one rings upon our ears, the vessel throbs like a strong giant that has just received the breath of life; the two great wheels turn fiercely round for the first time; and the noble ship, with wind and tide astern, breaks proudly through the lashed and roaming water.
"Is it possible," said Sancho, "that your worship does not understand 'going anywhere'?
There was not a soul anywhere near him, but by the occasional flashes of light Thomson could see soldiers and hurrying people in the Admiralty Square, and along the Strand he could hear the patter of footsteps upon the pavement.
"I wanted to run away, but I couldn't seem to come anywhere but here." And he fell to sobbing again.
Do you think it possible, do you think it at all likely (I put it to you, Tony, as a friend), from your knowledge of that capricious and deep old character who fell a prey to the--spontaneous element, do you, Tony, think it at all likely that on second thoughts he put those letters away anywhere, after you saw him alive, and that they were not destroyed that night?"
If you was to express to me by a gesture, by a wink, that you saw lying anywhere in your late lodgings any papers that so much as looked like the papers in question, I would pitch them into the fire, sir, on my own responsibility."
"I am sorry to hear you say so, sir; but I assure you, excepting those little nervous headaches and palpitations which I am never entirely free from anywhere, I am quite well myself; and if the children were rather pale before they went to bed, it was only because they were a little more tired than usual, from their journey and the happiness of coming.
"You should have gone to Cromer, my dear, if you went anywhere. Perry was a week at Cromer once, and he holds it to be the best of all the seabathing places.