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near miss

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  

near miss noun [C usually singular] (HIT)

(also near thing) a situation in which something almost hits something else: A Boeing 747 was involved in a near miss with a private aircraft just south of San Francisco. That was a near miss - we must have come within an inch of that lorry!

near miss noun [C usually singular] (HAPPEN)

an attempt to do or achieve something that fails although it almost succeeds
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