He swung and missed the ball completely.
The shot missed the goal by inches.
The batter swung and missed.
She took three shots and missed every time.
I would hate to miss this opportunity.
She could have joined us, but she missed her chance.
They missed a payment on their car loan.
He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast. See More
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Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.—Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 The All-Pro back missed four games and had the team’s bye week to rehab the ankle and eventually returned in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.—Scott Thompson, Fox News, 22 Sep. 2023 In the Times magazine interview, David Marchese asks Wenner why nonwhite artists or women were missing from his book.—Char Adams, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 Lisa McKeel, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, argued in court that Taylor should be held until her sentencing for testing positive for marijuana or cocaine on three occasions and missing drug tests in violation of the terms of her release.—Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Closer to the courtroom but also missing are US lawmakers and their aides, who are occupied across the street at the Capitol trying to avert a government funding collapse that could suspend the trial next month.—WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 See you in the stratosphere! Don't miss the next big beauty sale.—Liana Schaffner, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 Country Garden last month missed payments on two U.S. dollar bonds but scraped together enough cash before the end of a 30-day grace period to avoid defaulting.—WSJ, 21 Sep. 2023 Tigers outfielder Riley Greene could miss rest of 2023 season with elbow injury
In the first two innings, the Tigers scored six runs on eight hits.—Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2023
The Blazers were able to drive into the red zone on the back of a late hit call and a 40-yard pass to true freshman Amare Thomas, but came away empty-handed as Matt Quinn fell to 0-of-3 on the season with a miss on a 28-yard field-goal attempt.—Evan Dudley, al, 16 Sep. 2023 But Morgan State junior defensive end Nana Asante used his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame to block the try with 10 seconds remaining, tagging Vaughan with his first miss in six attempts this season.—Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2023 Sabalenka had opportunities to retrieve the break, but a handful of key misses — including a short ball forehand at deuce in the very next game — allowed Gauff to stay in front the rest of the way.—Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 Their fourth-round pick last season out of LSU, York also made only 75% of his kicks as a rookie, going 24 for 32, with most of his misses coming at Cleveland Browns Stadium.—cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 Flagship’s biggest miss of the four was Rubius Therapeutics.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2023 Despite the miss, Aubrey rebounded to make field goals of 21 and 38 yards and converted his next four extra-point attempts.—Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2023 How Steichen tries to minimize those misses is the interesting piece.—The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2023 The misses included a US president mentioning their Roblox avatar on camera and Tesla using Roblox developers in a promotional effort.—Jay Peters, The Verge, 8 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English missan; akin to Old High German missan to miss