far from

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to far from: Far from the Madding Crowd

far from (something)

Nowhere close to being something; not at all similar or equivalent to something. Yes, our business is far from a success right now, but we refuse to give up. A: "Is he athletic?" B: "Far from it! But he does love sports."
See also: far

far from

see under far cry from.
See also: far

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.
See also: far, something

far from

Not at all; anything but: You are far from a failure.
See also: far
References in periodicals archive ?
Far from Heaven signals its artifice at the outset by its unmistakable links to Sirk's 1955 masterpiece All That Heaven Allows (a work that, after Far from Heaven and Fassbinder's 1974 Ali--Fear Eats the Soul, should be recognized as not only a great film but the cause of other great films).
Rather than imposing the enlightenment of latter-day opinions on its version of the '50s, Far from Heaven adopts the perspective of characters who can see no clear way out of the dilemmas their world forces on them.
After the air-conditioned, invisibly toxic contemporary wasteland mapped in Safe (1995), Haynes's unsettling, deadpan account of a woman's gradual withdrawal from a world to which she has unaccountably become allergic, Far from Heaven might seem like a turn toward a warmer, more inviting past, with Julianne Moore playing something of an ancestor to the damaged self she embodied in the earlier film.
The classicism of Far from Heaven is architectural; here decor--the decor that women spend their lives trying to get exactly right--is destiny.
It is not the least of Far from Heaven's paradoxes that in embracing the structure of the classic weepie it asserts a rigor utterly alien to the feel-good dynamics of movies in which, as Haynes says, "every character has to come to some kind of redemptive knowledge of who they are and what they've done wrong.
He shows me some of the preparatory books from the early stages of Far from Heaven's development: scenes from Sirk films reduced nearly to sequences of stills.
One theory is that iron heated under high pressure and low temperature in a CO atmosphere produces a penta-carbonyl vapor that can be easily transported and precipitated out far from the mold-metal interface.
While the theory seems attractive, it is not widely accepted as the reason for metallic iron deposition far from the mold-metal interface.
Another possible explanation has been presented for the occurrence of metal penetration far from the mold-metal interface.