near miss

noun

Definition of near miss

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

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

Examples of near miss in a sentence

  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


NEAR MISS Defined for English Language Learners

near miss

noun

Definition of near miss for English Language Learners

  • : 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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