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near miss

a strike by a missile that is not a direct hit but is close enough to damage the target.
an instance of two vehicles, aircraft, etc., narrowly avoiding a collision.
something that falls narrowly short of its object or of success:
an interesting movie, but a near miss.
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  • It was a near miss and too close a call, but everybody was all right.
  • The near miss made one thing clear-the group needed a better sanctuary.
  • There was a near miss with one group launching their pumpkin back up over the crowds and landing near the parking lot.
  • But studying this near miss has concentrated the minds of researchers wonderfully.
  • The moon's four phases are a near miss, but still a misfit, for weeks.
  • In unfair jargon, the book is a near miss, and the more irritating for being so near.
British Dictionary definitions for near miss

near miss

a bomb, shell, etc, that does not exactly hit the target
any attempt or shot that just fails to be successful
an incident in which two vehicles narrowly avoid collision
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Idioms and Phrases with near miss

near miss

A narrowly avoided mishap; also, an attempt that falls just short of success. For example, It was a near miss for that truck, since the driver had crossed the center strip into on-coming traffic, or Her horse kept having a near miss in every race, so she decided to sell it. This expression originated during World War II, when it signified a bomb exploding in the water near enough to a ship to damage its hull. Soon afterward it acquired its present meanings.
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