Definition of close, but no cigar in English:

close, but no cigar

Translate close, but no cigar into Spanish


informal North American
  • (of an attempt) almost, but not quite successful.

    • ‘Despite demographic changes, all signs are that it will be another case of close but no cigar.’
    • ‘These fall into the ‘close but no cigar’ category.’
    • ‘It's a worthy effort: close but no cigar.’
    • ‘‘Close, but no cigar’ is a cliché, but it helps comfort those of us who don't always emerge victorious.’