(a) miss is as good as a mile.

something that you say which means that failing to do something when you almost succeeded is no better than failing very badly.

I've tried to reassure him that he only failed by three percent but the way he sees it, a miss is as good as a mile.


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  • miss is as good as a mile — It is the same if one fails or misses something by much or by little. A proverb. * /We thought Tom had a home run but the ball went foul by inches. A miss is as good as a mile./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • miss is as good as a mile — It is the same if one fails or misses something by much or by little. A proverb. * /We thought Tom had a home run but the ball went foul by inches. A miss is as good as a mile./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • Miss is as good as a mile —   A miss is as good as a mile means that if you fail, even by the smallest margin, it is still a failure …   Dictionary of English idioms

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  • a miss is as good as a mile — The syntax of the proverb has been distorted by abridgement: the original structure is apparent from quot. 1614. 1614 W. CAMDEN Remains concerning Britain (ed. 2) 303 An ynche in a misse is as good as an ell [a former measure of length equal to… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • a miss is as good as a mile — ► a miss is as good as a mile proverb the fact of failure or escape is not affected by the narrowness of the margin. Main Entry: ↑miss …   English terms dictionary

  • (a) miss is as good as a mile — a ˌmiss is as ˌgood as a ˈmile idiom (saying) there is no real difference between only just failing in sth and failing in it badly because the result is still the same Main entry: ↑missidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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