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A FAR CRY (FROM) means very different from what is expected; not even close; nowhere near the truth of the matter. 

 "What you did was a far cry from what you said you were going to do."

 It can mean "quite some distance; a long way", physically or metaphorically. If your hotel is a far cry from the train station, you'd better call a cab.

"Got stuck at the airport in Memphis, a far cry from Maine."

If you live in a tiny cottage and your next door neighbor has an enormous mansion, you could say that your house is a far cry from your neighbor's.

"The song they played was a far cry from what I call music."

Something is a far cry when you're disappointed by its difference from something else. 

"This hotel is a far cry from the way it looked on the web site." 

A "far cry" is literally a distance that is quite far to try to call across.The phrase "within cry of" has been used since the 1600's to mean "close enough to be heard", and "far cry" came along in the mid-1800's, meaning "too far away to be heard," or a figuratively long distance.

"It was no far cry to the city, so we got there pretty soon."

FAR CRY also happens to be the name of a popular first-person-shooter known mainly for its astonishing graphics engine and environmental effect. The first game, where you're stuck on an island far away from civilization, was developed by Crytek to premiere their CryEngine software. Go figure.

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