Definition of as (or so) far as it goes in English:

as (or so) far as it goes

phrase

  • Bearing in mind its limitations (said when qualifying praise of something)

    ‘the book is a useful catalogue as far as it goes’
    • ‘I'm a big Joni Mitchell and Fairport Convention fan, but that's about as far as it goes.’
    • ‘This is true in so far as it goes, but it ignores the personal nature of the duty an employer has to each of his individual employees.’
    • ‘All of this is true so far as it goes, but it ignores the one big question: Who is going to pay for all of this?’
    • ‘Now, I'm not sure the underlying change of policy here is wrong-headed, at least as far as it goes, or even that it represents a change.’
    • ‘I follow the results of Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City but that's about as far as it goes.’
    • ‘‘Plan ahead’ is excellent advice, so far as it goes.’
    • ‘His reasoning is sound so far as it goes, and he's produced an enjoyable and thought-provoking read that I highly recommend.’
    • ‘Perlstein's diagnosis is clever and persuasive, as far as it goes.’
    • ‘In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.’
    • ‘Vaca's argument is true as far as it goes - which isn't far at all.’