not by a long shot

Meaning(s)

1. a term used to emphasize an opinion

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Professional

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not by a long shot

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This phrase means 'not at all' or 'not by far'. "I haven't saved enough money for my trip, not by a long shot", for example, means that you do not have enough money saved for your trip and, in fact, you have not managed to save very much at all. This is a phrase you will hear in social and professional situations.

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  1. My dream of becoming President is not over, not by a long shot, said the politician after a narrow election defeat.
  2. Tougher sanctions did not eradicate the illegal smuggling, not by a long shot.

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  1. We're not close to meeting our quotas on monthly production, not by a long shot. We need to pick up the pace.
  2. Did our research come up with a viable alternative to using harmful pesticides in production? Not by a long shot, but we did discover a way of reducing their use by over 40%.

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