close only counts in horseshoes (and hand grenades)

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close only counts in horseshoes (and hand grenades)

Being nearly successful or accurate is not the same as being successful or accurate; being close to achieving something does not provide any benefit. It doesn't matter that we only lost the game by two points—we still lost! And close only counts in horseshoes. A: "You should be proud that you came so close to being valedictorian." B: "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."
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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.
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CLOSE ONLY COUNTS IN HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES, NOT WHEN YOU'RE DOING MAINTENANCE!
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. It doesn't count at all in design, especially of hand grenades.
THEY SAY CLOSE ONLY counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. For Lance Corporal Paul Demers, despatch rider, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 2nd Division, in fighting against the Germans in 1943 this axiom proved to be correct.