near miss


variants or less commonly near-miss
: a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to cause damage
: something that falls just short of success
: a near collision (as between aircraft)

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 That wisdom comes from more than a decade of false starts, near misses, and genre pivots. Mike Wass, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 Officials have traded theories about the near misses, including staffing issues in air-traffic control towers, a lack of experience among newer pilots and a need for better technology. Peter Champelli and Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2023 These are some near misses—geopolitical indicators that demonstrate that this is an era that calls for influential leaders to hew to some temperance, humility, and restraint. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 Newsletter Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news Four recent catastrophic building collapses and a near miss are raising concerns about the state of America’s aging buildings and questions about who, if anyone, is checking their safety. Abieyuwa Aghayere, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2024 Training should not only occur right before a new employee gets ready for their first shift, but whenever new tasks are assigned, when there is a new hazard in the workplace, and after an injury or near miss occurs in the workplace. Diane Rohlman, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2024 Despite dangerous near misses in the waters and airspace around China, Beijing had rejected Washington’s previous requests to resume talks. Meaghan Tobin, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Perhaps that’s because traffic mishaps and near misses now seem more common, and while no one was injured in this particular Manhattan-meets-GTA incident, traffic violence across New York has seen a startling jump in the past year. Curbed, 6 Dec. 2023 But this doesn’t alter the reason for the near misses: China is growing increasingly aggressive in its activity near Taiwan and in regional waters. Meaghan Tobin, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Near miss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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