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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.
Some Random Idioms
|come back to (someone)|
What does "come back to (someone)" mean?
| to return to one`s memory||The strange events of last year are slowly coming back to me. |
What does "manure" mean?
| deceive; lie; con|
|hammer (something) home|
What does "hammer (something) home" mean?
| try hard to make someone understand something||The 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?
| make someone confused or overwhelmed, make someone dizzy||The numbers and information that I had to learn in the accounting course made my head spin.|
|come on strong|
What does "come on strong" mean?
| to overwhelm others with a strong personality||The man came on too strong during the job interview and was unable to get the job.|
|actions speak louder than words|
What does "actions speak louder than words" mean?
| what you do is more important than what you say||The politician promised to do many things but he never did anything. But actions speak louder than words and he lost the next election.|
|lend color to (something)|
What does "lend color to (something)" mean?
| to provide something extra to accompany something||The music in the play helped to lend color to the performance of the actors.|
What does "fee simple" mean?
| absolute title or ownership of real estate||The property was sold fee simple by the woman.|
What does "patsy" mean?
|victim; dupe; person easily taken advantage of|
What does "tranny" mean?
|transmission in a car|
|be fed up with (with someone or something)|
What does "be fed up with (with someone or something)" mean?
| (with someone or something): be out of patience
(with someone or something);|
be very tired of someone or something.
|"Bill, you're too careless with yourwork. I'm fed up with apologizing for your mistakes!"|
|tune up (an engine)|
What does "tune up (an engine)" mean?
| to adjust a car engine so that it will run properly||We took our car to the garage to tune it up before we went on our holiday.|
|open up to (someone)|
What does "open up to (someone)" mean?
| to talk frankly or truthfully to someone||I always open up to my best friend when I meet him.|