One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rueful comment on a narrow failure to achieve an aim.
- ‘It was a case of so near and yet so far for Frances Kennedy from Listowel who just missed out on the honours in the recitation.’
- ‘We were so near and yet so far from getting into the Champions League final.’
- ‘Saturday morning came with a sense of apprehension and excitement with the thought that I was so near and yet so far from reaching Mecca, so to speak.’
- ‘For Sorenstam, the 1995 and 1996 champion, it was another case of so near and yet so far in her try for a third US Open.’
- ‘‘It is so near and yet so far,’ he says wistfully.’
- ‘They could not bear another case of so near and yet so far.’
- ‘To come so near and yet so far is a massive disappointment.’
- ‘‘Looking back for me it was so near and yet so far,’ says Hastings of what was a difficult tour, the honour of leading the Lions tempered by ultimate defeat.’
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