Close, but No Cigar

What Does "Close, but No Cigar" Mean?

"Close, but no cigar" is an English idiom. It means "nearly correct or successful, but not quite."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "close, but no cigar" used in a sentence:

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See Also

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