Close only counts in horseshoes

Close only counts in horseshoes (and hand grenades).

Prov. Coming close but not succeeding is not good enough. I came close to winning the election, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
See also: close, count, horseshoe
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I very nearly made it into heaven, but as all the living know: close only counts in horseshoes and sex.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, some say.