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a horseshoe up (one's) ass

vulgar slang What one is said to have when experiencing extremely good luck, fortune, or favor. A horseshoe is thought to be a symbol of good luck. Wow, that's the third hand of poker I've won in a row—it's like I have a horseshoe up my ass today! You really won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas? You lucky fool—you've sure got a horseshoe up your ass.
See also: ass, horseshoe, up

close only counts in horseshoes (and hand grenades)

proverb 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."
See also: close, count, hand, horseshoe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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