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

miss is as good as a mile, a

Coming close to success but failing is no better than failing by a lot, as in He was beaten by just one vote, but a miss is as good as a mile. This proverbial expression, first recorded in 1614, is a shortening of the older form, "An inch of a miss is as good [or bad] as a mile of a miss."
See also: good, 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