so near and yet so far


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so near (and) yet so far

1. A desired outcome was nearly within reach, but some difficulty prevented it from happening. They reached the semifinals, only to have their championship dreams dashed by a crushing 4-0 defeat. So near, yet so far.
2. One is very close to completing or succeeding at something, but there is still difficult work to do before that can happen. I finished the rough draft of my master's thesis, but I still have to edit and proofread it. I'm so near to the end, and yet so far.
See also: far, near, yet

so near and yet so far

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so near yet so far

You say so near and yet so far or so near yet so far to say that someone almost achieved what they wanted, but in the end just failed. It was a case of so near yet so far yesterday for Catriona Jones when she finished just one shot behind the tournament winner.
See also: and, far, near, yet