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) b : close call
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>
First Known Use of near miss
NEAR MISS Defined for English Language Learners
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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