far cry


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


afar, country mile, long haul, mile


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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But Luke and Lionel's response to Katy's dance moves was a far cry from Orlando's. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Orlando Bloom’s Priceless Reaction to Katy Perry’s Worm Dance on 'American Idol' Last Night," 11 Mar. 2019 At the helm, though, Nwandu is a far cry from TMZ founder Harvey Levin, who has branded himself as the public face of the company. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 In his mugshot, the one-time police officer has wispy white hair and skin mottled with age — a far cry from the fair-haired young man in FBI sketches from decades ago. James Queally, latimes.com, "From Golden State Killer to Grim Sleeper, DNA helping break serial killer mysteries from 1970s and 1980s," 29 Apr. 2018 With Zagitova's win, the OAR now have 14 total medals—a far cry from 2014, where the Russians dominated the competition by winning 29 medals at home in Sochi, including 11 golds. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "PyeongChang Olympics Medal Count: Dominant Norway On the Brink of History," 23 Feb. 2018 If our eyes don’t deceive us, the new peripheral is a far cry from Razer’s previous couch keyboard effort for microconsoles and Steam Machines. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer teases first Xbox One mouse and keyboard," 17 Dec. 2018 The veteran defender came under fire repeatedly for his substandard performances for Everton last season, a far cry from his dogged displays in Euro 2016, where Wales defied the odds to reach the semi finals. SI.com, "Ashley Williams Reveals Post-Surgery Image & Confirms Horror Injury After Wales' Draw With Mexico," 3 June 2018 Other big banks reported similarly booming results — a far cry from an industry ravaged by overbearing regulators. Emily Flitter And Glenn Thrush, BostonGlobe.com, "Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion US fine," 20 Apr. 2018 Other big banks reported similarly booming results — a far cry from an industry ravaged by overbearing regulators. Emily Flitter And Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "Wells Fargo Said to Be Target of $1 Billion U.S. Fine," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of far cry

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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