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Close, But No Cigar!

I’m going to assume that everyone has heard the phrase “close but no cigar” but in the case that you haven’t it simply means you were close to achieving a goal but were unsuccessful. Now that we know what it means, does anyone know where the phrase came from? I decided to do a little …

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What is the origin of “close but no cigar?”

English is a tough language to master. Our idiomatic expressions must sound like sheer madness to those learning English as a second language: “straight from the horse’s mouth,” “let the cat out of the bag,” “pay through the nose…” can you imagine how weird that must sound if you’re unfamiliar with our language? “Close but …

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