English translation: Fall just short of a successful outcome and get nothing for your efforts.
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English term or phrase:
close but no cigar
Fall just short of a successful outcome and get nothing for your efforts.
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English term or phrase:close but no cigar
This expression is the chorus sung in a song titled Close But No Cigar. I heard the expression again on the radio in a tennis commentary when they were speaking about Thomas Muster. It was kind of stand-alone and did not seem to relate to anything I can think of. I don't need a translation but an explanation or definition in English. Thanks.