You use the expression by far when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is by far the best or the best by far to indicate that it is definitely the best.
to be successful ; achieve much
If you say that something only goes so far or can only go so far, you mean that its extent, effect, or influence is limited .
If you describe a moment in time as far off, you mean that it is a long time from the present, either in the past or the future .
If you describe something as far out, you mean that it is very strange or extreme .
to what extent, distance, or degree?
The Far East is used to refer to all the countries of Eastern Asia, including China, Japan, North and South Korea, and Indochina .
denoting the part of an electromagnetic field that is farthest from the source
Far-flung places are a very long distance away from where you are or from important places.
If you say that something is far from a particular thing or far from being the case, you are emphasizing that it is not that particular thing or not at all the case, especially when people expect or assume that it is.
Someone or something that is far gone is in such a bad state or condition that not much can be done to help or improve them.
of or relating to the extreme left wing
→ the Far North
the farthest point at which vision is distinct when the lens, muscles, etc. of the eye are relaxed
of or relating to the extreme right wing
→ the Far West
Thus far means up until the present point in a situation or story .
a far cry:
a long way
as far as:
to the degree or extent that
If someone comes from far afield, they come from a long way away .
at, to, or from a great distance in space or time
of or relating to the Far East (E Asia ) or its inhabitants
If you describe a story or idea as far-fetched, you are criticizing it because you think it is unlikely to be true or practical .
having shrewd judgment; far-sighted
If you describe someone as far-sighted, you admire them because they understand what is likely to happen in the future, and therefore make wise decisions and plans.
so far as:
to the extent or point that
If you describe actions, events, or changes as far-reaching, you mean that they have a very great influence and affect a great number of things.
go too far:
to exceed reasonable limits
far and away:
You use the expression far and away when you are comparing something or someone with others of the same kind, in order to emphasize how great the difference is between them. For example, you can say that something is far and away the best to indicate that it is definitely the best.
far and near:
far and wide:
If people come from far and wide, they come from a large number of places, some of them far away . If things spread far and wide, they spread over a very large area or distance.
far from it:
You can use the expression ' far from it ' to emphasize a negative statement that you have just made.
near and far:
You use near and far to indicate that you are referring to a very large area or distance .
the Far East:
the countries of E Asia, usually including China, Japan, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines : sometimes extended to include all territories east of Afghanistan
the far left:
the more extreme supporters or advocates of social, political, or economic change, reform, or revolution designed to promote the greater freedom, power, welfare, or comfort of ordinary people
the Far West:
the area of the United States west of the Great Plains
in so far as:
to the degree or extent that
the Far North:
the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the world
the far right:
the more extreme supporters or advocates of social, political, or economic conservatism or reaction, based generally on a belief that things are better left unchanged
A faraway place is a long distance from you or from a particular place.
a far cry from:
Something that is a far cry from something else is very different from it.
dolce far niente:
A location is the place where something happens or is situated.
so far, so good:
You can say so far so good to express satisfaction with the way that a situation or activity is progressing, developing, or happening .
sb will go far:
If you say that someone will go far, you mean that they will be very successful in their career .
as far as I know:
You can use far in expressions like ' as far as I know ' and ' so far as I remember ' to indicate that you are not absolutely sure of the statement you are about to make or have just made, and you may be wrong .
The destination of someone or something is the place to which they are going or being sent.
as far as it goes:
If you say that something is good as far as it goes or true so far as it goes, you mean that it is good or true only to a limited extent .
far be it from me:
I would not presume ; on no account
few and far between:
Things that are few and far between are very rare or do not happen very often.