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Even though you missed it by a tiny amount, you still didn't get there.

A time when there is no positive effect, or will be no positive effects, because of your actions".

With horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear war, you can miss your target, or goal, but still have some positive effect.
Luke : "Are you ready to go? We have to get to the airport, NOW!"
Chris :"I'm close"
Luke : "Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear war".

Zach : "I was so close to getting that job"
Matt : "Yeah, but close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear war".
by EdwardW266 April 13, 2011