|1.||a small vessel propelled by oars, paddle, sails, or motor for travelling, transporting goods, etc, esp one that can be carried aboard a larger vessel|
|2.||(not in technical use) another word for ship|
|3.||navy a submarine|
|4.||a container for gravy, sauce, etc|
|5.||a small boat-shaped container for incense, used in some Christian churches|
|6.||in the same boat sharing the same problems|
|7.||burn one's boats See burn|
|8.||miss the boat to lose an opportunity|
|9.||informal (Brit) push the boat out to celebrate, esp lavishly and expensively|
|10.||informal rock the boat to cause a disturbance in the existing situation|
|11.||(intr) to travel or go in a boat, esp as a form of recreation|
|12.||(tr) to transport or carry in a boat|
|[Old English bāt; related to Old Norse beit boat]|
miss the boat
Fail to take advantage of an opportunity, as in Jean missed the boat on that club membership. This expression, which alludes to not being in time to catch a boat, has been applied more widely since the 1920s.
Fail to understand something, as in I'm afraid our legislator missed the boat on that amendment to the bill. [Mid-1900s] Also see miss the point.