close, but no cigar

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EtymologyEdit

From the practice of giving cigars as prizes at carnivals in the US in the 19th century; this phrase would be said to those who failed to win a prize.

PhraseEdit

close, but no cigar

  1. (idiomatic) That's almost correct, but not quite

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Last modified on 18 December 2013, at 02:05