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
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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