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)

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The report of an apocalypse near miss came as a wake-up call to Reagan. Evan Thomas, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 One thing Larson doesn’t have on his plate is time to dwell on his near miss last year at Pocono Raceway. Dan Gelston, ajc, 23 July 2022 Budgets: Information security and data privacy budgets tend to swell following a breach or a near miss. Jim Deloach, Forbes, 21 June 2022 His near miss stands out in British history, as does the significant loss of life. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 June 2022 There was one final, near miss effort to help Jack clean up. Dan Koeppel, Outside Online, 5 Sep. 2019 Ukraine's nuclear plant operator, Energoatom, said one cruise missile buzzed the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant, about 220 miles to the south, on its way to the capital — citing the dangers of such a near miss. CBS News, 5 June 2022 Ukraine's nuclear plant operator, Energoatom, said one cruise missile buzzed the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant, about 220 miles to the south, on its way to the capital — citing the dangers of such a near miss. Katie Wadington, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 Nuclear plant operator Energoatom said one cruise missile buzzed close to the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant, 220 miles to the south, and warned of the catastrophic dangers if such a near miss turned into a direct hit. John Leicester, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of near miss

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of near miss was in 1940

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9 Aug 2022

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“Near miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/near%20miss. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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