far cry from
far cry from
- something that is very different from something else
- different from what is expected
- a long distance away, physically or metaphorically
- The apartment they live in now is a far cry from the huge mansion they once used to have.
- He is a great player, but it is time for him to retire. His recent performances are a far cry from what they used to be during his peak years.
- The reception of our boss’ daughter’s wedding was very simple and muted, a far cry from the lavish and boisterous one we were expecting.
- Due to the roadblock, we were forced to sleep in tents crammed with as many people as possible, a far cry from the comfortable rooms that we had booked.
- What the government had achieved during their rule was a far cry from what they had promised during the elections.
- The heat and dust of this city is a far cry from the clean and cool climes of the place where we used to live.
- That man is one of the rare government officials who is honest and hardworking, a far cry from most of his colleagues.
This phrase has been in use since the early 1800s.
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