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miss the boat

Definition of miss the boat

informal

  1. :  to fail to use an opportunity <If I don't act now I could miss the boat on this investment.>



Word by Word Definitions

missplay
  1. :  to fail to hit, reach, or contact

    :  to discover or feel the absence of

    :  to fail to obtain

  1. :  disadvantage or regret resulting from loss

    :  a failure to hit

    :  a failure to attain a desired result

  1. : used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl

    : used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated

    :  a young unmarried woman or girl

boatplay
  1. :  a small vessel for travel on water

    :  ship

    :  a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device

  1. :  to place in or bring into a boat

    :  to go by boat


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