Help make Alexa smarter on Alexa Answers. Sign in with Amazon

Miscellaneous

Where does the saying close but no cigar come from?


This saying refers to a carnival game of strength, the Hiball or Hi-Striker, in which the contestant hits a lever with a sledgehammer, to try to drive a weight high enough up a column, to ring a bell at the top. ringing the bell would win a cigar, the phrase was often uttered If the bell wasn't rung

{{ relativeTimeResolver(1591456206125) }}

LIVE
Points points 186
Rating 1

Similar Questions
Sign in to view all similar questions

Join Alexa Answers

Help make Alexa smarter and share your knowledge with the world

LEARN MORE