Today I cooked something, but the taste was not good (horrible, in fact). When my roomy tasted it, she said

You gotta long way to go.

I asked her what exactly it meant, she replied "You need to learn a lot".

But so far I only knew it meant "You will be successful in future".

So, can anybody tell me what exactly "A long way to go" means and where I should use this phrase?

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    You can look it up in the dictionary. Do a quick search, you'll find something like this
    – Vilmar
    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:25
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    'This tastes horrible' (if I might adapt your own words slightly – and, believe me, my carrot and asparagus soup was also so described on one occasion) may be true but is hardly encouraging. "You gotta long way to go." is a nicer way of putting roughly the same truth (long way) but with the offer of hope (it's going to be a long way, but you're at least travelling the right way). Nov 12, 2013 at 10:37
  • Thanks @EdwinAshworth your comment is convincing and thanks for the quick response.
    – PinkLayer
    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:41
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    Oh, I forgot to add, it's a path metaphor. John Lawler has a bag full of path metaphors. Nov 12, 2013 at 17:42

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Your friend is right. She meant: "Your road to success (in cooking) is long."


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