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What does "a far cry" mean?



 
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What does "a far cry" mean? #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:56 am   What does "a far cry" mean?
 

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", question 9

George is now 70 and he reckons that working conditions for the average office clerk today are a ......... cry from when he first started work.

(a) distant
(b) long
(c) far
(d) further

Test No. incompl/inter-43 "A Crying Shame", answer 9

George is now 70 and he reckons that working conditions for the average office clerk today are a far cry from when he first started work.

Correct answer: (c) far

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A far cry #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 25, 2004 13:20 pm   A far cry
 

If you were disappointed by the difference between the actual situation and what you had expected you can say it was a far cry from what I have expected.

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Spelling mistake #3 (permalink) Thu Oct 13, 2005 13:10 pm   Spelling mistake
 

There is a spelling mistake in this sentence:

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A far cry #4 (permalink) Fri Feb 03, 2006 15:02 pm   A far cry
 

Hi,

Does this sentence mean that the conditions when George first started work were much better than the today's working conditions ?

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Far cry #5 (permalink) Fri Feb 03, 2006 15:43 pm   Far cry
 

Hi Sevide,

A far cry from means quite different from. In this sentence the meaning is that condtions today are far better than they were when he was working. It is often used in the sense of looking back and realising that things have improved and become better than they were in the past.

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Far cry #6 (permalink) Mon Feb 13, 2006 17:02 pm   Far cry
 

Hi Alan,

I got it!thanks :wink:

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What does "a far cry" mean? #7 (permalink) Wed Sep 14, 2011 0:16 am   What does "a far cry" mean?
 

a far cry from sth -is an idiom. Alan explained, I would like to write another sentence with it. syn: remote

All this luxury was a far cry from the poverty of his childhood.
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