not by a long shot

idiom

: not at all
Our work isn't done yet, not by a long shot.

Examples of not by a long shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her sight isn’t fully restored, not by a long shot, but the darkness has been replaced with rough shapes and patterns of light and dark. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2011 Wyoming’s maternity-care gap, however, is not the state’s issue of highest concern — not by a long shot. Katie Klingsporn, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024 This isn’t my first rodeo with the cuisine, not by a long shot. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 Earth’s moon isn’t the largest — not by a long shot. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 17 June 2019 Alex was sentenced to life for the murders of his wife and son, but with so many dubious deaths in his wake, this story isn’t over — not by a long shot. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 The world is not back to normal yet, not by a long shot. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Aug. 2021 The end of the regular season is not the end of Baylor’s season, not by a long shot. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2021 Liberal defenders of Biden are increasingly lambasting political coverage -- and not just Fox's, not by a long shot. Brian Stelter, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021

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“Not by a long shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20by%20a%20long%20shot. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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