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plural MIA's, MIAs for 2.
missing in action.
a soldier declared missing in action.


Master of International Affairs.
Military. missing in action. Unabridged
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  • Nenna MIA or Nenna bella is the pet phrase used by the Neapolitan young man in addressing his sweetheart.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • Cut deeper; the knife is too short: deeper, MIA brave Corneliolina!

  • We gave the host at MIA for our diet a bar Oban, with 200 jins to the howse, and spent 400 jins per way.

  • Now, be as cross as you please, you belong to me, Lucia MIA.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • There were evidences of considerable occupation at some time by the Turks, for a series of MIA MIAs were found in the gully.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
British Dictionary definitions for MIA


(military, mainly US) missing in action: officially unaccounted for following combat
(in Australia) Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for MIA

also m.i.a., initialism of missing in action, attested from 1919 (see missing).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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