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Meaning of “miss the boat” in the English Dictionary

"miss the boat" in British English

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miss the boat

C2 to ​lose an ​opportunity to do something by being ​slow to ​act: There were ​ticketsavailable last ​week, but he ​missed the ​boat by ​waiting till today to ​try to ​buy some.
(Definition of miss the boat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"miss the boat" in American English

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miss the boat

infml to ​lose an ​opportunity to do something by being ​slow to ​act: I ​decided not to go to ​college, but ​watching all my ​friends go off made me ​feel like I'd ​missed the ​boat.
(Definition of miss the boat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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