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The usual phrase is 'so near but yet so far'. It means that even if you are close to success, you are still not successful.
A similar American expression is 'Close, but no cigar', meaning that you almost won a prize, but you were still unsuccessful.
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Or a river, that's 10 meters wide, but the nearest bridge is 10 km away.
Or an apple on a tree that you can't reach.
Anonymous:Isn't it "so close and yet so far"? "But" and "yet" are redundant when placed together.
AnonymousIsn't it "so close and yet so far"?This is how I've always heard it and said it, but apparently there are variants that people like to use.
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