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Close, but no cigar

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May 10th, 2010

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, cigars were common prizes awarded in games at fairs and carnivals. Let s say you had to pop five balloons with a pellet gun at 20 feet. Alas! You only hit four. You were close, but there'll be no cigar for you. Today, this phrase refers to any near victory, otherwise known as a loss. "Your horseshoe toss landed just shy of the spike. Close, but no cigar."