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Definition of near miss noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    near miss

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  1. 1a situation when a serious accident or a disaster nearly happens The two planes almost hit each other. It was a near miss. He's a terrible driver. We had one near miss after another!
  2. 2a bomb or a shot that nearly hits what it is aimed at, but misses it He scored two goals and had another two near misses. (figurative) He should have won the match—it was a near miss.
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