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Is there an idiom, saying, or an epigram that expresses the meaning of getting the credit for trying even without the success of outcome?

  • "Well, ya gotta give him credit for tryin'." – Hot Licks Apr 18 '18 at 11:44
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Frequently you hear this in the context you refer to: "He gets an 'A' for effort"

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    Except sometimes it's "E for effort". – Hot Licks Apr 18 '18 at 12:34

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