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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
    Synonyms: a miss is as good as a mile, almost doesn't count

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