- ближе локоть, да не укусишь
- Set phrase: if what you want is out of reach, there's nobody to impeach, sour grapes, the grapes are sour, there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip a how near, and yet, so far!, you cannot touch your eye with your elbow (it is (was) so near and yet out of reach), your elbow is near, but you cannot bite it, dear
Универсальный русско-английский словарь. Академик.ру. 2011.