far from

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far from (something)

Nowhere close (to being something). Yes, our business is far from a success right now, but we refuse to give up.
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far from

see under far cry from.
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far from something/doing something

almost the opposite of something or of what is expected: It is far from clear (= it is not clear) what he intends to do.Far from being grateful for our help, she said we had ruined the evening.
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far from

Not at all; anything but: You are far from a failure.
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References in classic literature ?
But it would seem that while Ishmael made such a concession to the awakened feelings of Esther, he was far from abandoning his original intentions.
A gallant scalp-lock, which would probably not have been spared had the Doctor himself been consulted in the matter, was all that remained of an exuberant, and at that particular season of the year, far from uncomfortable head of hair.
What I would say is this," resumed the trapper, who was far from understanding all the subtle distinctions with which his more learned companion so often saw fit to embellish his discourse; "there is but one birth and one death to all things, be it hound, or be it deer; be it red skin, or be it white.
That he was not far from home he was certain, so he took the trail at a rapid trot.
I live in Ithaca, where there is a high mountain called Neritum, covered with forests; and not far from it there is a group of islands very near to one another--Dulichium, Same, and the wooded island of Zacynthus.
In the case of animals and plants with separated sexes, it is of course obvious that two individuals must always unite for each birth; but in the case of hermaphrodites this is far from obvious.
It was not far from dawn, but there was none of the bright feel of dawn in the air, which was thick with a hot murkiness that I cannot describe.
Springbucks do not go far from water," he answered in Dutch.
The chameleon's feet, unlike its tongue, are far from swift.
Following its release in 2002, Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes's film about interracial love in the white suburbs of 1950s' Connecticut, received widespread if not unanimous acclaim.