One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cylinder of tobacco rolled in tobacco leaves for smoking.
- ‘There is the moody Macanudo Fumoir for those who like to smoke cigars, and the buzzy Claridge's bar for those who like to drink.’
- ‘They smoke pipes, whereas Bertie Wooster and his friends smoke cigars or cigarettes.’
- ‘They each had a glass of alcohol sitting beside them and Jamie was smoking a cigar.’
- ‘Basically all this man ever did was sit in a big black recliner and smoke cigars.’
- ‘Some cigarette smokers, particularly men, switch to smoking cigars or pipes as a means of giving up cigarettes.’
- ‘Not being able to smoke a nice cigar with my friends at a local pub is rather irritating.’
- ‘I plan on enjoying a nice glass of bourbon and a Cuban cigar while the results roll in.’
- ‘He smokes two Cuban cigars every day and makes no apologies for it.’
- ‘He was pulling away from a couple of golfers who were smoking cigars and looked familiar.’
- ‘Frost lifts a fat cigar from the ashtray, and enquires politely if I mind.’
- ‘It is the only isolated area in the restaurant but you can still have a chat with people while smoking cigars together.’
- ‘There, he sat on his deck smoking cigars and watching the eagles roost in the trees.’
- ‘For those of us who smoke cigars, it is very tempting to have one in the mouth as you play the game.’
- ‘It tasted awful, but then smoking a cigar is never as pleasant as smelling it in the air.’
- ‘The pleasure of dinner at the Ivy was dulled by smoke from a fat cigar.’
- ‘Then he started smoking his cigars, so Mum and I found ourselves another carriage to occupy.’
- ‘He said that no staff member works at his cigar bar unless he or she likes to smoke cigars, as well.’
- ‘The smoke from their cigars burned the inside of her nose as she quickly walked past them.’
- ‘She smelt a foul smell of cigars and cigarettes, and suddenly she wanted to move away.’
- ‘Do you all sit around a big table drinking expensive brandy and smoking massive cigars?’
close but no cigar
informal (of an attempt) almost but not quite successful.‘they didn't catch him in the car—close but no cigar’
- ‘‘Close, but no cigar’ is a cliché, but it helps comfort those of us who don't always emerge victorious.’
- ‘These fall into the ‘close but no cigar’ category.’
- ‘It's a worthy effort: close but no cigar.’
- ‘Despite demographic changes, all signs are that it will be another case of close but no cigar.’
Early 18th century: from French cigare, or from Spanish cigarro, probably from Mayan sik'ar ‘smoking’.
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