near miss

noun

Definition of near miss

  1. 1 a :  a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to cause damage b :  something that falls just short of success

  2. 2 a :  a near collision (as between aircraft) b :  close call

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>

1940

First Known Use of near miss

1940


NEAR MISS Defined for English Language Learners

near miss

noun

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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