Near-miss



noun
1.
a strike by a missile that is not a direct hit but is close enough to damage the target.
2.
an instance of two vehicles, aircraft, etc., narrowly avoiding a collision.
3.
something that falls narrowly short of its object or of success:
an interesting movie, but a near miss.
noun
1.
a bomb, shell, etc, that does not exactly hit the target
2.
any attempt or shot that just fails to be successful
3.
an incident in which two vehicles narrowly avoid collision
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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