a miss is as good as a mile

a miss is as good as a mile

Failing or losing by a small margin is just as bad as failing or losing by a large margin. She felt that not achieving a perfect grade point average was as bad as failing all of her classes because, according to her, a miss is as good as a mile.
See also: good, mile, miss

a miss is as good as a mile

BRITISH, INFORMAL
People say a miss is as good as a mile to mean that if you only just fail, the result is as bad as failing by a large amount. She failed the exam by one point, but a miss is as good as a mile.
See also: good, mile, miss

a ˌmiss is as ˌgood as a ˈmile

(saying) there is no real difference between only just failing in something and failing in it badly because the result is still the same: What’s the difference between failing an exam with 35% or 10%? Absolutely nothing; a miss is as good as a mile.
See also: good, mile, miss