Near enough is never good enough but sometimes good enough can be near enough!
This one from my dear departed mate, Laurie Dawber, may he rest in peace.
Lawrie served in the Korean War and was the last of the non-university educated helicopter spare parts experts. Wow, who would have thought of learning about helicopters by working on helicopters?
Laurie had a few great stories. One was about a group of Aussie servicemen in Korea who wanted a helicopter. An American quartermaster said he could get them one and all he wanted was a jeep. They found a "lost" jeep and plotted an island-hopping route to fly the "copter" to Australia. However, they realised that they could never register the helicopter in Australia and would probably be arrested on landing, so had to drop the plan. All involved are dead now, so I can tell the true story.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,