Example: We had a good game, but the score was goose egg. Read on
close, but no cigar
Meaning: be very close to accomplishing a goal but fall short
Example: You did quite well for someone who was playing for the first time. You attempt for close, but no cigar. Read on
every nook and cranny
Meaning: to look for something everywhere
Example: The lawyers searched every nook and cranny to find more evidence but alas, there was none. Read on
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