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“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 tickets available 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)