- in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
- to no place: We went nowhere last weekend.
- the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence: A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.
- anonymity or obscurity: She came from nowhere to win the championship.
- an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.
- being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile: to be stuck in a nowhere job.
- worthless or useless: That's a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.
- miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.
- nowhere near, not nearly: There's nowhere near enough food to go around.
Origin of nowhere
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- in, at, or to no place; not anywhere
- get nowhere or get nowhere fast informal to fail completely to make any progress
- nowhere near far from; not nearly
- a nonexistent or insignificant place
- middle of nowhere a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place
Word Origin and History for nowhere near
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with nowhere near
see under not anything like.
In addition to the idiom beginning with nowhere
- nowhere near
- get nowhere
- in the middle (of nowhere)
- out of nowhere
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