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Thread: Close, but no cigar

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    Close, but no cigar

    I was curious, how do you express "Close, but no cigar" in Russian? The meaning is, you almost did something right, but not quite right.
    Apa

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    Re: "Close, but no cigar"?

    Something like "Остановиться в шаге от победы", I presume.
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    Re: "Close, but no cigar"?

    I'd say, we do not have a direct equivalent, so unless we are provided with context, it is impossible to suggest anything valuable.

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    Re: "Close, but no cigar"?

    Хорошо, но не совсем.

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    Re: "Close, but no cigar"?

    Близко, но мимо.

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    Re: Close, but no cigar

    (Победа) была так близка.

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    Re: Close, but no cigar

    Спасибо большое!

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