One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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.’
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