give (something) a miss

Definition of give (something) a miss

chiefly British, informal

  1. :  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

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

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

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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


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