give (something) a miss

Definition of give (something) a miss

chiefly British, informal
:to choose not to do (something) or go (somewhere)
  • I had so much else to do that I decided to give the party a miss.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

miss play
  1. : to fail to hit, reach, or contact

  2. : to discover or feel the absence of

  3. : to fail to obtain

  1. : disadvantage or regret resulting from loss

  2. : a failure to hit

  3. : a failure to attain a desired result

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

  2. 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

  3. : young lady


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