near miss

noun

Definition of near miss

1 a : a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to cause damage
b : something that falls just short of success
2 a : a near collision (as between aircraft)

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

First Known Use of near miss

1940

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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near miss Synonyms

Synonyms

close call, close shave;

Near Antonyms

misfire;

Related Words

squeaker;

Phrases

hairbreadth escape, narrow escape, near escape;


NEAR MISS Defined for English Language Learners

near miss

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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