Definition of Close But No Cigar

This is a phrase that is said after a person attempts do something, is close to the desired result, but is still not successful.

Example: The presentation was great, but unfortunately the prospect did not become a customer. It was close, but no cigar.


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"Close But No Cigar" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Close But No Cigar" was last updated in 2021.

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Business English Quiz

Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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Word of the Day

Date: 10/18/2021

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Close But No Cigar." Jargonism.com Dictionary, https://jargonism.com/words/437. Accessed 10/18/2021.