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near miss

noun

Simple Definition of near miss

  • : an attempt that is almost successful

  • : an accident that is just barely avoided

  • : a bomb that misses its target but still causes damage

Full Definition of near miss

  1. 1 a :  a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to cause damage b :  something that falls just short of success

  2. 2 a :  a near collision (as between aircraft) b :  close call

Examples of near miss

  1. After years of near misses, the team has finally won a championship.

  2. <a near miss with death prompted him to give up skydiving>



1940

First Known Use of near miss

1940



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