A miss is as good as a mile.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #167



今回のフレーズは「A miss is as good as a mile.」です。

「A miss is as good as a mile.」は、直訳すると「失敗は1マイルと同じ」となりますが、実際には「失敗は失敗」「五十歩百歩」「大同小異」という意味になります。


例えば、試験で合格点に1点足りなかった場合、「I missed passing the exam by just one point, but a miss is as good as a mile.(試験にあと1点で合格できなかったけど、失敗は失敗だ)」と言うことができます。また、スポーツの試合で僅差で負けた場合、「We lost the game by just one point, but a miss is as good as a mile.(たった1点差で試合に負けたけど、負けは負けだ)」と言うこともできます。

「A miss is as good as a mile.」の由来は、17世紀にイングランドの歴史学者であるウィリアム・キャムデン (William Camden)が初めて使用したとされています。本来のフレーズは「An ynche in a misse is as good as an ell.(1インチのミスも1エルのミスと同じ)」であり、「mile(マイル)」ではなく、イギリスの古い長さの単位である「ell(エル)」が使われていました。18世紀頃のアメリカでmileが使われたフレーズが広まり、そちらが一般的になりました。

まとめると、「A miss is as good as a mile.」は、文字通り「失敗は1マイルと同じ」という意味ではなく、少しの差であっても失敗は失敗であることを指します。このフレーズを使うことで、たとえで僅かであっても、成功しなかった事実を強調することができます。

この「A miss is as good as a mile.」を使って、わずかな差で失敗したときにその事実を表現する場面で活用してみてください。

A miss is as good as a mile.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.