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.
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|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for near miss
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.