I was watching a Matt Damon interview on YouTube. In it, the interviewer asked Matt

Do you remember? Can you speak any of the languages you spoke?

Matt replied

Not even close

What does that mean? Of course, I can guess that it means "never" or "not at all". Is my guess right? Can I use another word or sentence instead of that? Lastly, is it slang?

closed as general reference by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, user2683, user13141, Matt E. Эллен, Kit Z. Fox Jan 11 '12 at 13:07

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  • Given that the question was not as you had originally transcribed, does Matt's answer make more sense now? – Matt E. Эллен Jan 11 '12 at 10:11
  • If someone said 2+2=5, you might reply that that was close but not correct. If he said that 2+2=112, you could say that is "not even close". – Jay Jan 11 '12 at 17:59
  • wow..thanks for you:Kitb,Matt and Jay. I'm really happy for you to help me. I wanna say "too much thanks!" – Holy Jan 12 '12 at 1:37

Yes, it means 'that's nowhere near the truth'. It isn't slang, but it's likely to be found only in informal contexts.

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