Nice try, but no cigar
Idiomatic translations of "Nice try, but no cigar"
Meanings of "Nice try, but no cigar"
You say close but no cigar or nice try but no cigar to mean that someone is almost correct or that they have almost been successful, but are not quite correct or successful. He tried to break the record. It was close, but no cigar. Note: In the past, cigars were sometimes given as prizes at fairs. This expression may have been used if someone did not quite manage to win a prize.