Expressions meaning “almost”
Nice try. (sarcastic)
So near and yet so far.
So close and yet so far.
Close, but no cigar, (cliché)
You were within a hair’s breadth.
Close enough for government work. (informal)
Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. (cliché)
It’s all or nothing.
A miss is as good as a mile. (cliché)