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as yet

At this time; yet. No one has responded to my email as yet, so I don't have an answer for you.
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so near (and) yet so far

1. Some outcome is or was very close to happening, but it will not, may not, or did not happen, and therefore it seems like it is or was never so close. 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 thesis, but I still have to edit and proofread it. I'm so near and yet so far.
See also: far, near, yet

there's life in the old dog yet

One still has vitality or the ability to perform certain actions despite one's advanced age. Did you see Grandpa out on the dance floor? There's life in the old dog yet! I know you think I'm all broken down, but I can still hold my own when I need to. There's life in this old dog yet!
See also: dog, life, old, yet

not just yet

Very soon; not at this exact moment. A: "Will I make the announcement?" B: "Not just yet; let everyone get settled in first." We're not finished just yet. We need a few more minutes to get everything ready.
See also: just, not, yet

(someone) hasn't seen nothing yet

Someone has only glimpsed or experienced the beginning of something that will become even more exciting, impressive, or important. (The word "ain't," a colloquial form of "hasn't" or "haven't," is often used instead.) I could tell your parents are already impressed with the house, but they haven't seen nothing yet! A: "Wow, there is so much going on in this city all at once!" B: "Just wait, darling, you haven't seen nothing yet—it only really comes alive at night!"
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(someone) ain't seen nothing yet

Someone has only glimpsed or experienced the beginning of something that will become even more exciting, impressive, or important. (The word "ain't" is a colloquial form of "hasn't" or "haven't," which are sometimes used instead.) I could tell your parents are already impressed with the house, but they ain't seen nothing yet! A: "Wow, there is so much going on in this city all at once!" B: "Just wait, darling, you ain't seen nothing yet—it only really comes alive at night!"
See also: nothing, seen, yet

are we having fun yet

A phrase used sarcastically or humorously when something is not as enjoyable as one had hoped it would be. Are we having fun yet? We've only spent most of our vacation day stuck in traffic!
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the mills of God grind slowly(, but they grind exceedingly fine)

Destiny will deliver an outcome that is correct, just, and inevitable, though it may take a long time to come to be. It was a disheartening verdict, to be sure, but we aren't losing hope for a successful outcome eventually. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. The mills of God grind slowly, and we've been making slow but steady progress in this country over the last three decades, but it seems like those mills have sputtered to a halt lately.
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mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small

Prov. It may take a long time, but evil will always be punished. Jill: It really doesn't seem right that Fred can be so horrible and dishonest, but he always gets everything he wants. Jane: Be patient. The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.
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You ain't seen nothing yet!

Rur. The best, most exciting, or cleverest part is yet to come! (The use of ain't is a fixed part of this idiomatic expression.) Alice: Well, the first act was simply divine. Sue: Stick around. You ain'tseen nothing yet! Mary: This part of the city is really beautiful. Bill: You ain't seen nothing yet!
See also: nothing, seen

as yet

So far, up to now, as in No one has found a solution as yet. [Late 1300s]
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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.
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there's life in the old dog yet

despite appearances to the contrary, an old person is still full of vigour, enthusiasm, etc.
See also: dog, life, old, yet

so near and yet so far

a rueful comment on a situation in which you have narrowly failed to achieve an aim.
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you ain't seen nothing yet

there is something even more extreme or impressive in store. informal
This expression was popularized by Al Jolson's aside in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, ‘you ain't heard nuttin' yet’.
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not just ˈyet

not now but probably quite soon: I can’t give you the money just yet.
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there’s ˌlife in the old dog ˈyet

(humorous) a person is old but is still active and enjoys life: At 70 he’s decided to go round the world. There’s life in the old dog yet!I’m not too old to enjoy myself! There’s life in the old dog yet, you know.
See also: dog, life, old, yet

so ˌnear and ˌyet so ˈfar

used to describe a situation in which somebody is very near to success, but finally fails: He came second in the piano competition, only one point behind the winner. So near and yet so far.
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as ˈyet

until now or until a particular time in the past: an as yet unpublished reportAs yet little is known about the disease.
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Are we having fun yet?

and AWHFY
sent. & comp. abb. This isn’t the fun that you stated or implied it would be, is it? Are we having fun yet? This is really dull. Gr8t d8t! AWHFY?
See also: fun, have, we

as yet

Up to the present time; up to now.
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so near and yet so far

Nearby but still unattainable. This term appeared in the Roman writer Martial’s Epigrams (ca. a.d. 85) but apparently did not enter the English language for some time. Tennyson used it in “In Memoriam” (1850): “He seems so near and yet so far.”
See also: and, far, near, yet

wet behind the ears, (still)

Immature, inexperienced. This term refers to the fact that the last place to dry on a newborn colt or calf is the indentation behind its ears. Although the observation is surely older, the term dates from the early twentieth century. J. F. Straker used it in his novel A Coil of Rope (1962): “You’re still wet behind the ears, darling. It’s time you grew up.”
See also: behind, wet
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Yet I exist in the hope that these memoirs, in some manner, I know not how, may find their way to the minds of humanity in Some Dimension, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to limited Dimensionality.
Sometimes, seized with sudden agony, he could not continue his tale; at others, his voice broken, yet piercing, uttered with difficulty the words so replete with anguish.
I wish to soothe him, yet can I counsel one so infinitely miserable, so destitute of every hope of consolation, to live?
The night was dark and I could see none about, and could hear no one move, yet, being cautious, I walked round the hut.
"Yet I was well pleased with my fathering, old man," said Umslopogaas.
And yet the Lady Maude Loring was no easy pupil to handle.
Yet he would jog quietly on with his teachings, taking no heed to her mutiny, until suddenly she would be conquered by his patience, and break into self-revilings a hundred times stronger than her fault demanded.
Said Peter 'Though I cannot sound The depths of such a man as you, Yet in your character I've found An inconsistency or two.
Yet I was not then taking notes merely in order to be able to give you a description of roulette, but in order to get my bearings as to my behaviour when I myself should begin to play.
I said very seriously, "Yes," and then added: "Possibly my certainty about winning may seem to you ridiculous; yet, pray leave me in peace."
Nor did they not perceave the evil plight In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Yet to their Generals Voyce they soon obeyd Innumerable.
For who can yet beleeve, though after loss, That all these puissant Legions, whose exile Hath emptied Heav'n, shall faile to re-ascend Self-rais'd, and repossess their native seat.
it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet, and cried, 'Wife, strike at the bird and kill her in my hand.' And the wife struck; but she missed her aim, and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead, and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest.
You scold yourself; you know it is only your nerves -- and yet, and yet...
I climbed the grass-clad mountain, And my gaze swept far and wide For the rosy lights of a little room, Where I thought my mother sighed: My boy has gone for a soldier, He sleeps not day and night; But my boy is wise, and may yet return, Though the dead lie far from sight.