Ships-that-pass-in-the-night meaning

(idiomatic) Two or more people who encounter one another in a transitory, incidental manner and whose relationship is without lasting significance; two or more people who almost encounter one another, but do not do so.
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(idiomatic, by extension) Things which have no significant connection or commonality.
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Origin of ships-that-pass-in-the-night

  • From a poetic metaphor by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882):

    From Wiktionary