(of an attempt) almost but not quite successful.‘they didn't catch him in the car—close but no cigar’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.