verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Words nearby boat
Idioms for boat
- to fail to take advantage of an opportunity: He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college.
- to miss the point of; fail to understand: I missed the boat on that explanation.
Origin of boat
OTHER WORDS FROM boatboat·a·ble, adjectiveboat·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for miss the boat
Word Origin for boat
Idioms and Phrases with miss the boat (1 of 2)
Fail to take advantage of an opportunity, as in Jean missed the boat on that club membership. This expression, which alludes to not being in time to catch a boat, has been applied more widely since the 1920s.
Fail to understand something, as in I'm afraid our legislator missed the boat on that amendment to the bill. [Mid-1900s] Also see miss the point.
Idioms and Phrases with miss the boat (2 of 2)
see burn one's bridges (boats); in the same boat; miss the boat; rock the boat.