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A miss as a good as a mile

Whether you have missed your objective by a narrow margin or a wide one, you have still failed. Suppose that you and your friend Douglas are among the twenty applicants for a job. Suppose that the list is whittled down until only you and Douglas remain. Suppose that Douglas is given the job. Certainly you are very unlucky, yet you are in exactly the same position as the other eighteen applicants; however narrow the margin, you have failed.