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English definition of “near miss”

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 !Events and occurrencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of near miss noun (HIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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