Fall short, fail by a considerable amount, as in Your guess as to the winner missed by a mile. This expression employs miss in the sense of “fail to hit something aimed at,” a usage dating from the late 1400s, and by a mile for a great distance or interval, so used since Shakespeare’s day.
- Missed abortion
missed abortion n. An abortion in which the fetus dies but is retained within the uterus for two months or longer.
[mis] /mɪs/ verb (used with object) 1. to fail to hit or strike: to miss a target. 2. to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.: to miss a train. 3. to fail to take advantage of: to miss a chance. 4. to fail to be present at or for: to miss a day of school. […]
- Missed labor
missed labor n. A condition in which a pregnant woman experiences uterine contractions at the normal term, but the contractions soon stop, and the fetus is retained, usually lifeless, within the uterus for an indefinite period.
[mis-seem] /mɪsˈsim/ verb (used with object), Archaic. 1. .