American Idioms and Expressions

Close, But No Cigar Idiom

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Close, but no cigar
What does Close, but no cigar mean?
Nearly achieving success, but not quite.That free throw was close, but no cigar.
Carnival games of skill, particularly shooting games, once gave out cigars as a prize. A contestant that did not quite hit the target was close, but did not get a cigar.

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What does "come back to (someone)" mean?
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manure
What does "manure" mean?
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hammer (something) home
What does "hammer (something) home" mean?
try hard to make someone understand somethingThe speaker tried to hammer home the importance of treating the customers with respect.
make (someone's) head spin
What does "make (someone's) head spin" mean?
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What does "come on strong" mean?
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What does "actions speak louder than words" mean?
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What does "lend color to (something)" mean?
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What does "fee simple" mean?
absolute title or ownership of real estateThe property was sold fee simple by the woman.
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What does "patsy" mean?
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tranny
What does "tranny" mean?
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be fed up with (with someone or something)
What does "be fed up with (with someone or something)" mean?
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What does "tune up (an engine)" mean?
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What does "open up to (someone)" mean?
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