far cry

noun

Definition of far cry 

1 : a long distance

2 : something notably different the effects of the new law were a far cry from what was intended

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Synonyms & Antonyms for far cry

Synonyms

afar, country mile, long haul, mile

Antonyms

hair, inch, step, stone's throw

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Examples of far cry in a Sentence

the hotel is a far cry from the train station, so you'd better call a cab

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The queen's warm welcome was a far cry from the reaction of many others in London. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Was Reportedly Late to Meet With Queen Elizabeth II," 13 July 2018 This was a far cry from the origin story that the team had been told. refinery29.com, "Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser," 9 July 2018 All in all, a far cry from the ultralight technical packs, tents, and shells that made GoLite such fan favorite with core long-distance hikers. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "GoLite, Thru-Hikers' Favorite Brand, Is Back. Sorta.," 10 May 2018 The Frenchman has guided Leicester to just 18 points from their last 17 games; a far cry from the heights of two seasons ago. SI.com, "Leicester City Star Reportedly Favours Move to London Amidst Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs Interest," 5 May 2018 But a commitment to keep Iranian forces tens of kilometers from Israel was a far cry from ejecting them completely from Syria, which Mr. Netanyahu has been lobbying Mr. Putin to do. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 The Pacers offense lazed through a post-All-Star slump, placing 23rd in points scored per 100 possessions — a far cry from their top-six showing over the first leg of the season and the symptom of a larger problem: shot selection. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Fewer books, more balls This is a far cry from the ad hoc, informal way that kids in most developing countries learn the game, playing in the street. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Soccer World Cup spurs Chinese sporting ambitions," 27 June 2018 The price fluctuates more than other home categories because of low supply, a far cry from before the housing crash in 2006 when up to 1,200 new homes sold in a month. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego home price stays at $570K," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of far cry

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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