near miss • n. 1. a narrowly avoided collision, esp. between two aircraft. ∎ something narrowly avoided; a lucky escape: she had a near miss when her horse was nearly sucked into a dike. 2. a bomb or shot that just misses its target. ∎ something almost achieved: a victory in Houston and a near miss in the semifinals of the French Open.
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