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  • 1A narrowly avoided collision or other accident.

    ‘she had a near miss when her horse was nearly sucked into a dike’
    • ‘the terrifying near miss took place at 4,500 ft’
    • ‘Tired and undermanned ships crews have lead to a worrying number of merchant ships being involved in collisions or near misses, a marine accident investigation chief has said.’
    • ‘Members of Calne Town Council are campaigning for safer roads following a number of accidents and near misses in the town.’
    • ‘This is the third fatality I can recall in the time I have worked and lived in Undercliffe and I have sadly lost track of the number of non-fatal accidents and the countless near misses on the same stretch of road.’
    • ‘The intersection was identified as a trouble spot by the council, with several accidents and near misses reported recently.’
    • ‘I thought that I would tell you about some of the more stupid accidents and near misses I've had on motorcycles.’
    • ‘Roads Service never hear about the minor scrapes, near misses and non-injury accidents that regularly occur if there are no injuries reported.’
    • ‘Since we moved into our shop we have witnessed various fights, near misses and actual collisions over the last 18 months.’
    • ‘Like many readers, I have witnessed a number of accidents and even more near misses, mostly due to bad driving or impatience.’
    • ‘There have, I understand, been accidents and near misses in Amberwood Rise.’
    • ‘Nearby resident say the conditions sparked a string of accidents and near misses.’
    • ‘Over 42 percent of those interviewed claimed that because of fatigue they had been involved in accidents or near misses.’
    • ‘The number of accidents and rising graph of near misses for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, warrant a priority rating before it's too late!’
    • ‘He stressed that he welcomed the approval of the flyover, after witnessing many near misses and recently being involved in a minor accident there himself.’
    • ‘So far, she said, the community has been lucky, with no fatal accidents, but there have been many near misses.’
    • ‘After an accident last year and a number of near misses, the parents have decided that enough is enough.’
    • ‘As a result, 17 per cent said they had been in an accident and 13 per cent admitted having a near miss.’
    • ‘A survey reveals that one in three drivers over 55 has had an accident or near miss because they were running late.’
    • ‘A police spokesman told the Evening Gazette: ‘He thought he saw another aircraft flying in front of him, but there was no near miss.’’
    • ‘We've had a series of near misses around our coast and next time we may not be so lucky.’
    • ‘There have been several near misses where children have been darting in and out of traffic to cross from one side of the road to the other.’
    • ‘According to the NTSB database, there have been 38 near misses so far this year when two planes almost collided in mid-air.’
    close thing, near thing, narrow escape, close call, nasty moment
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  • 2A bomb or shot that just misses its target.

    ‘he had escaped more than twenty near misses’
    • ‘With a nuclear ballistic missile against a drone, a near miss was counted as a hit.’
    • ‘In 1921 he was allowed to bomb US navy surplus or captured German warships and proved conclusively that even a near miss could sink them.’
    • ‘He had then made a hasty and embarrassing retreat back into the thickets but had still had a near miss with a bullet that was fired after him, obviously to try and bring him down.’
    • ‘The near miss - one of the missiles hurtled past the wing of the Boeing 757, missing it by three feet - demonstrates the capabilities of the terrorists.’
    • ‘The air alive with cracking sounds of near miss shots.’
    • ‘Bloody scratch marks covered her body from near misses of the beast's great claws.’
    • ‘Jeff was out, Ata's armor was scarred in places, and Sentoi's carapace was pockmarked with streaks of black - near misses and glancing hits.’
    • ‘With a little practice, you find hits come much more frequently, and even near misses are exciting as there are no five-shot or six-shot groups to be measured.’
    • ‘Though the ‘Van Galen’ did not receive a direct hit, many near misses had done much damage to the ship and she limped into Merwedeharbour incapable of continuing the fight.’
    • ‘The force of one near miss blows him across the bridge, bouncing him off the side of a parked car where he smashes the window and then rolls on to the ground.’
    • ‘The bullet was a near miss, but it still was a miss.’
    1. 2.1Something almost achieved.
      ‘a victory in Houston and a near miss in the semifinals of the French Open’
      • ‘After a horrific string of near misses, their final match saw them beat Selkirk 17-15 at Beveridge Park.’
      • ‘Remarkably, in the space of just two weeks, Mayo football has regained respectability after a sequence of failures, disappointments and near misses.’
      • ‘Portugal are determined to banish the memories of two World Cup qualification near misses by securing their place for the finals this time around.’
      • ‘They mounted constant pressure and had a number of near misses before Costello's header finally broke the deadlock to the relief of the Cloonfad supporters and all associated with the team.’
      • ‘The most notable of the near misses was, of course, the European Cup semi-final defeat by AS Monaco last season.’
      • ‘There were plenty of great shots and near misses and everyone who took part on the day went home with a prize.’
      • ‘There are always going to be misses, near misses, and successes.’
      • ‘Twenty-five scores and plenty of near misses in a twenty minute game made for great excitement and entertainment.’
      • ‘But when they've flirted with glory in the big tournaments, they've suffered near miss after near miss, losing agonizingly close matches to the eventual champions or finalists.’
      • ‘After several near misses in recent years, Sheffield United have made a flying start to this season's bid to make the Premiership promised land.’
      • ‘After scrambling to a two-wicket victory over Bickershaw, the Longley Lane side look set to win their first Manchester Association title, after so many near misses in recent seasons.’
      • ‘It was a match of highs and lows as near misses from both teams resulted in the crowd ‘oohing’ and ‘sighing’ continuously.’
      • ‘But the release version is a beautiful, interesting, well-acted near miss.’


near miss

/ˈˌni(ə)r ˈmis/ /ˈˌnɪ(ə)r ˈmɪs/