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English definition of “miss the boat”

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.Opportunity Freedom to act Grammar:MissWe use miss as a verb to mean ‘not hit or reach something’:
(Definition of miss the boat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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