near miss

noun
variants: or less commonly near-miss

Definition of near miss 

1a : a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to cause damage

b : something that falls just short of success

2a : a near collision (as between aircraft)

b : close call

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Synonyms for near miss

Synonyms

close call, close shave

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Examples of near miss in a Sentence

After years of near misses, the team has finally won a championship. a near miss with death prompted him to give up skydiving

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When Jacob Koos singled to extend the inning with his fifth hit of the Super Regional, Wilson came to the plate with a chance to make amends for his near miss a day earlier. Brett Friedlander, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Stetson ends best season in school history with loss to UNC at Chapel Hill Super Regional," 9 June 2018 That is where the game stood for the next couple of hours, through Oakland’s near miss in the ninth inning, another threat in the top of the 10th and the Yankees’ getting a potential go-ahead run to third in the eighth. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Neil Walker Delivers a Yankees Win, but Give Brett Gardner the Save," 12 May 2018 The camerawork is a little shoddy, and the actual near miss happens just at the bottom of the screen, visible for only a few frames. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "CL-215 Scooper Gives Lucky Bystander a Haircut," 15 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of near miss

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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near miss

noun

English Language Learners 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

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