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Why "no cigar"? #1 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:27 am   Why "no cigar"?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #283 "English Slang Idioms (5)", question 2

I obviously still don't understand the concepts we've been discussing in class. Every time I answer the teacher's questions, she says "Close, but no .........."

(a) cigar
(b) coupon
(c) prize
(d) purpose

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #283 "English Slang Idioms (5)", answer 2

I obviously still don't understand the concepts we've been discussing in class. Every time I answer the teacher's questions, she says "Close, but no cigar."

Correct answer: (a) cigar

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I obviously still don't understand the concepts we've been discussing in class. Every time I answer the teacher's questions, she says "Close, but no prize."
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Why "no cigar", please?
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Why "no cigar"? #2 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:50 am   Why "no cigar"?
 

It is an idiom.

—Idiom
2. no cigar, Informal. not being a winning or successful effort, as if not good enough to earn a cigar as a prize: He made a good try at fielding the ball, but no cigar.

The idiom originates in the former use of cigars as prizes at fair competitions.
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Why "no cigar"? #3 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:20 am   Why "no cigar"?
 

Hi Mr Micawber,

Thank you for your explanation. I think maybe I'll use this idiom sometimes.

Best regards,

Yuri
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Why "no cigar"? #4 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:48 am   Why "no cigar"?
 

Good! I use it a lot.
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Why "no cigar"? #5 (permalink) Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:34 am   Why "no cigar"?
 

I've been working my arse off all year and still couldn't get this test right. it's obvious I'm not goin to get any cigar.
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