A miss is as good as a mile
A near miss is still a miss and therefore no better than missing by a great margin. Losing a game by one point is still losing.
Is There Such A Thing As A True Synonym?Thesauruses present a catalog of synonyms from which we may pick and choose words to put into our writing, but a thesaurus used alone is a very bad thing because there is no such thing as a true synonym. Every word has its particular place in the language.
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