Cigars used to be a prize at carnivals a few decades back. When you tossed the ball at the target and missed, the carney dude would say "Close, but no cigar."

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OHHHH that makes sense!

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Churchill said it to Stalin just before Berlin fell.

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Clinton bragging on his other affair!

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George Burns ?

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when u look at a girl..and she LOOKS 18....she says... "close...but no cigar!"

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no soup for you

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I think it gores back to old carnivals and circus sideshows--don't know what you call it or quite how to describe it. Kind of a lever at the bottom, you hit it with a big mallet, and the amount of force you hit it with sent a ball or indicator up a big gauge and if you hit it hard enough to ring the bell at the top you won a cigar. Only place I've seen this is in movies pre-1940s.

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I believe from when guy's use to or supposedly would light up cigars after their child's specifically a male child's birth.

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