near miss

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 His latest near miss wasn't exactly a meltdown, so Oosthuizen can be thankful for that. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion and runner up at the last two majors, had another near miss in a career full of them. Steve Douglas, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2021 Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion and runner up at the last two majors, had another near miss in a career full of them., 18 July 2021 The sight of a shot colleague, the near miss of a shotgun blast, the passing flashlight at the end of the gunman's weapon and the sounds of shells reloading were part of their accounts of an attack that lasted only minutes but left five dead. Brian Witte, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 The actress revealed the casting near miss while joining her OTH costars Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz on that latest episode of their new podcast Drama Queens. Jolie Lash,, 28 June 2021 The shoot-down of the U-2 over Cuba is well known, but the near miss over the Bering Strait came as news to me. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 What’s worse, each near miss has to have increasingly higher stakes, in order to be more thrilling than the previous one., 28 Apr. 2021 The traffic incident began after midnight on March 16, when a driver phoned 911 after a near miss with a white SUV traveling the wrong way down I-70. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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28 Jul 2021

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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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