- 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.
Examples from the Web for near miss
A recent study by solar physicists points out that we had a near-miss with a strong solar storm back in 2012.About That ‘World-Ending’ Solar Storm...
July 28, 2014
If the 2000 Florida recount felt like a multi-car collision, then 2012 was a near-miss.Obama Needs to Embrace Voting Reform in 2013 State of the Union
Michael Waldman, Lawrence Norden
February 12, 2013
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with 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.