- a shell, aerial bomb, etc. that does not score a direct hit on the target but comes close enough to inflict some damage
- any result that is nearly but not quite successful
- a narrowly averted collision; a near escape
near missnear miss
- A narrowly avoided collision involving two or more aircraft, ships, boats, or motor vehicles.
- A missile strike that is extremely close to but not directly on target.
- Something that fails by a very narrow margin: Her campaign for the Senate was a near miss.
Origin of near missBlend of near thing miss 1
(plural near misses)
It is sometimes claimed that concept of a near miss would be better expressed as near hit. However, near is used in the phrase with the sense "close" (compare "near future", "near neighbour") rather than the sense "approximate" (compare "near certainty", "near standstill").