Main definitions of miss in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Fail to hit, reach, or come into contact with (something aimed at)

    ‘a laser-guided bomb had missed its target’
    no object ‘he was given two free throws, but missed both times’
    • ‘But unfortunately for him, the bomb missed the target and exploded on the street.’
    • ‘The dust cleared to reveal the his punch missed Daniel's head by a hair and Daniel's hand had grabbed his face.’
    • ‘She started throwing wild punches but missed every time as he maneuvered around them.’
    • ‘You were quite lucky it was deep enough to reach your heart but missed it entirely.’
    • ‘A beam of red-hot light seared past her, missing by mere inches.’
    • ‘Add to this eight passes that missed the receiver altogether and twice being in front of the kicker at the kick off.’
    • ‘The enemy bombs missed the target and the naval base was saved.’
    • ‘If the target is missed to the right, the drier boards allow the ball to hook more, also sending the ball to the pocket.’
    • ‘But one of our spies told us that our bombs seemed to be missing their targets a lot lately, more than he could account for.’
    • ‘Twice the big Englishman was presented with a gaping goal and the perfect ball but twice he somehow contrived to miss the target.’
    • ‘Post-action photos told the Japanese they had missed the American carriers, the weapon they knew was the key to war at sea.’
    • ‘His throwing of the ball is sensational and rarely misses the target intended.’
    • ‘She lashed out at him now, her arms and legs flailing wildly, her kicks and punches missing their target by a considerable margin.’
    • ‘As Henry went to leave the room, Jack reached for him but missed Henry's arm.’
    • ‘Most of his flyswatter punches missed their mark or were blocked.’
    • ‘Dale almost pulled a goal back on the hour when Kennedy took a wild swing at the back pass, missing it completely only for the ball to bobble wide to safety.’
    • ‘For some reason the attackers in the south appear to be very poor shots, and seem mostly to miss the target, failing to inflict any real damage.’
    • ‘Even if a Japanese bomb missed its target, it was likely to find something worth blowing up.’
    • ‘You know how the crowd gasps when a player misses an important putt?’
    1. 1.1 Pass by without touching; chance not to hit.
      ‘a piece of shrapnel missed him by inches’
      • ‘One car ended up in a field after skidding off the road and up a bank, narrowly missing a tree and telegraph pole.’
      • ‘The horse in its flight narrowly missed two telephone poles, but knocked over the bucket of water with which a woman was cleaning the front steps of her house.’
      • ‘Police were also called to a building in Northgate in Wakefield city centre after the wind blew off part of the roof, narrowly missing a pedestrian.’
      • ‘The driver lost control and barrelled off the road narrowly missing one of the other jeeps as he did.’
      • ‘The bullet narrowly missed her spine and passed through her body before lodging in Scott's left thigh.’
      • ‘How he missed the parked car on the way in, I do not know.’
      • ‘Pedestrians in Tooting had a lucky escape after a car veered off the road and crashed into a shop, narrowly missing them.’
      • ‘Poverty is the most commonly cited cause for India's missing women, but it's not the only one.’
      • ‘For every time you bump into people in the street, there must be ten times as many when you just narrowly miss each other.’
      • ‘The beat-up old car speeds through, the driver not caring for the innocent children as he narrowly misses them all.’
      • ‘I was flung out of control, and was narrowly missed a huge chunk of rock.’
      • ‘A disabled driver says he is lucky to be alive after a pellet shot through his windscreen, narrowly missing his head.’
      • ‘A two-inch nut shattered the window and showered glass into the vehicle as it pulled up outside the school, narrowly missing pupils.’
      • ‘I still had 15 rounds in my ammunition belt and I was lucky that the shrapnel missed it.’
      • ‘He somehow got around me and the truck and missed an oncoming car by a whisker.’
      • ‘Several windows have been smashed with what is believed to be an airgun; and on one occasion shards of glass narrowly missed one of the tenants.’
      • ‘So, my husband swerved to miss the vehicle in front.’
      • ‘Although the plane narrowly missed the Relais Bleu hotel, it completely destroyed the Hotelissmo next door.’
      • ‘First his family sought refuge in an abandoned building, narrowly missing two land mines.’
      • ‘He said a woman driver narrowly escaped injury when a bin containing about 500 kg of rubbish just missed her car.’
      fail to hit, be wide of, go wide of, fall short of
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    2. 1.2 Fail to catch (something thrown or dropped).
      • ‘Krista misses the bullet pass and the pro-sized foot ball ricochets off the far fence and into the gutter.’
      • ‘Apparently, a ways back, one of their players was bit by the wolf after missing a pass and rolling out of bounds.’
      • ‘Havlat scored into an open net after Swedish defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson missed a pass in his end.’
      • ‘Thomas missed a back pass from Danny Brewster and Morris simply rolled the ball over the line from an angle.’
      • ‘I even scored on the next play when the first baseman missed the throw from third.’
      • ‘After a few more passes, she missed the ball, and it bounced off behind her.’
      fail to catch, drop, fumble, fluff, bungle, mishandle, misfield, mishit
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  • 2Fail to notice, hear, or understand.

    ‘the villa is impossible to miss—it's right by the road’
    • ‘But scientists involved in the studies say such interpretations of their research miss the point.’
    • ‘Don't miss the point of this: it's to scare anyone out of uttering any criticism.’
    • ‘Was it possible that Israeli intelligence could have missed something as important as this?’
    • ‘But the commentary has also largely missed what seems to me a deeper point.’
    • ‘To dwell on this, however, would be to miss the point.’
    • ‘Now that this fact has sporadically appeared in media coverage, many people are still missing a very important point.’
    • ‘We miss the point that the point of listening is just to listen.’
    • ‘I closed my left eye and roamed the streets with my rifle, not missing a single movement over hours of watching.’
    • ‘Much of the debate around online, even alternative online, media in Australia continues to miss the point.’
    • ‘Because we miss these things in passing, we come to think they are not there, or are not important.’
    • ‘I stand by every word - I really do think the Tories have made a stupid mistake, and that they still miss the point about what they need to do.’
    • ‘But pitying her as an icon of suffering would miss the point.’
    • ‘Both referee Dunn and his linesman missed the contact and Henry was furious.’
    • ‘What Matt said in his last statement contains some good points but a lot of folks still miss the point about globalization.’
    • ‘For you to not take any of that seriously is to completely miss the point.’
    • ‘I thought that I had missed something and therefore contacted Caldera for a quick product update.’
    • ‘Diana barely listened and missed the knowing looks passed between Emily and Virginia.’
    • ‘The body of a man found in a canal is that of a missing student, police confirmed today.’
    • ‘But these sorts of arguments miss the point, which is that these guys are doing what we want them to.’
    • ‘For some reason I miss the turn off for the country train arrivals.’
    • ‘The critics who protest that he hasn't consulted the most recent speculations on the origins of life miss the point.’
    fail to hear, fail to take in, mishear, misunderstand
    fail to notice, fail to see, overlook, pass over, forget
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    1. 2.1 Fail to attend, participate in, or watch (something one is expected to do or habitually does)
      ‘teachers were supposed to report those students who missed class that day’
      • ‘He's expected to miss the rest of the playoffs due to arthroscopic surgery.’
      • ‘This way the student who misses class for a field trip or a university sponsored event is not penalized as long as said student is regular in attendance the rest of the semester.’
      • ‘Students who miss a class for any reason are required to complete all in-class assignments for that day outside of class.’
      • ‘Earlier today, headteachers warned they would take a tough line on pupils who missed school to attend the demonstration.’
      • ‘I'll ask how a student who misses class follows up on the absence.’
      • ‘He was expected to miss the first two matches, against Sri Lanka on Thursday and India on Saturday, but it looks as though he may face an even longer lay-off.’
      • ‘The whole school would come out and participate in what was an excuse to miss class.’
      • ‘This time slot allows leaders to attend without missing other important sessions during the week.’
      • ‘University courses are routinely recorded and put online for students who miss class or for those who cannot afford to attend full time.’
      • ‘He is expected to miss the remainder of the British flat season.’
      • ‘However, those students who miss classes will forfeit their right to a grant.’
      • ‘I fell asleep and missed it, after watching the whole series up to now.’
      • ‘Students who miss classes will often borrow another student's notes, presumably on the assumption that any notes are better than none.’
      • ‘On top of this, he also breaks his promise of no contact after Terry misses her date at the Empire State Building.’
      • ‘Sutton will be without their try-scoring machine, winger Will Newman, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.’
      • ‘Now school officials are faced with the task of tracking down students who missed classes.’
      • ‘As a recent survey of seven universities shows, 80 per cent of students say they are not to blame if they miss classes.’
      • ‘The class meets five times all semester and supposedly if you miss one class you fail.’
      • ‘Those who miss any of the episodes can watch them on Fridays.’
      • ‘Though this student had missed a few classes, she cited no health or family crisis.’
      fail to attend, be too late for, absent oneself from, be absent from, play truant from, take french leave from, cut, skip, omit
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    2. 2.2 Be too late to catch (a passenger vehicle, etc.)
      ‘we'll miss the train if he doesn't hurry’
      • ‘I had just missed the direct bus, but one with an easy transfer soon came along.’
      • ‘As a consequence, he missed his helicopter ride to Bolton.’
      • ‘My cohort whispered a few things conspiratorially to me about how if I had missed the ferry, all I'd have to do is pay them to let me go, and then I was out.’
      • ‘Although Clifton Bridge is not on the route he is likely to have taken to catch his bus, he often went to stay with a friend in Clifton if he missed the last bus home.’
      • ‘For example, there might be occasions when an executive had been late at the airport and narrowly missed a flight.’
      • ‘This unnamed reporter found that he had just missed the mail boat carrying letters from America to Britain.’
      • ‘Well, if you let me see your ticket, I'll make sure you two girls get on the right train so you don't miss your ferry.’
      • ‘The morning started with groans - Neil about his face and jaw, me because I'd missed my bus to Edinburgh and didn't feel very clever.’
      • ‘Dozing off, he wakes up to find that he has missed the latest bus.’
      • ‘I arrived at the Sofia bus station early Friday evening with a Bulgarian friend of mine and, of course, missed the first bus.’
      • ‘For the last week I've found myself in a bit of bother getting to work on time because I keep missing my bus.’
      • ‘Just a few days ago, he didn't offer a ride to a teenage church member who missed his school bus.’
      • ‘I had just missed some vehicles which were going to Mporokoso and so I had to jump on a private light truck.’
      • ‘I ran back up the hill to the bus stop, but there was no bus; I decided to walk to the next stop and missed a bus when I was half-way between the two stops.’
      • ‘I kept most of them in 5 minutes or so, but they were all whining about missing their buses so I had to let them go.’
      • ‘The scheme includes a pledge that if a passenger misses a bus because it is running more than one minute early they will be able to claim back a free ticket.’
      • ‘I ended up missing my bus so i decided to go to the library and do some math.’
      • ‘Because she missed the shuttle bus home, he brought her to his dorm, thinking it would not be safe to let a young woman spend a whole night in a bar.’
      • ‘He talked of how the Kottayam bus stand reminded him of his mimicry days, since he even used to sleep there, after having missed the last bus to Kochi.’
      • ‘‘Only yesterday I nearly missed the ferry and had to pedal like a lunatic to get on,’ he laughed.’
      be too late for, fail to catch, fail to get
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    3. 2.3 Fail to see or have a meeting with (someone)
      ‘“Potter's been here this morning?” “You've just missed him.”’
      • ‘It seemed everyone was going to be late to work, miss a big meeting, miss a guest coming in from out of town.’
      notice the absence of, find missing
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    4. 2.4 Not be able to experience or fail to take advantage of (an opportunity or chance)
      ‘don't miss the chance to visit the breathtaking Dolomites’
      no object ‘he failed to recover from a leg injury and missed out on a trip to Barcelona’
      • ‘If you don't know who your high value customers are, you may be missing opportunities.’
      • ‘Youngsters won't want to miss a chance to meet Father Christmas and pass on that top-secret information: what they want for Christmas.’
      • ‘It's a shame you Brits are missing out on this one.’
      • ‘If they moved away, they lost rights to cheaper education and missed out on job opportunities.’
      • ‘Yet the vice president's real missed opportunity came in the Democratic-trending Northeast.’
      • ‘She's fiercely proud of her roots there and never misses an opportunity to promote her native place.’
      • ‘Looking back, are there any opportunities you missed out on that you can see now but didn't realize then?’
      • ‘With the technology and experience at our disposal, it would be unforgivable to miss this historic opportunity.’
      • ‘The First Minister never misses an opportunity to talk about what he calls ‘the great game’.’
      • ‘They'd missed out on the steam engine and virtually every other scientific and industrial advance.’
      • ‘I urge you to not to miss the chance to experience one of the world's premier guitarists up close at a local venue.’
      • ‘He never misses the opportunity to put across the views of grass roots farmers to the major decision makers.’
      • ‘Labor missed the opportunity to cope with and prepare for globalization in the early 1970's when it began.’
      • ‘Of course there's one place that never misses an opportunity to party!’
      • ‘But I think people are really missing an opportunity here.’
      • ‘Essentially, Bruce is discontented with nearly everything in his life, and rarely misses an opportunity to complain about it.’
      • ‘The anti-war protests had been organised as an opportunity for those who missed out on the 1.5 million strong march in London last month.’
      • ‘Would you be willing to share the details with all of us who love your humor but miss these chances to experience it first hand?’
      • ‘Our lives are too brief to miss out on such delights.’
      • ‘He rarely misses an opportunity to remind me of in the fact that he is some years my junior!’
      fail to take advantage of, fail to grasp, fail to seize, fail to take, let slip, let go, let pass, forfeit, pass up, lose out on, overlook, disregard
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    5. 2.5 Avoid; escape.
      ‘smart Christmas shoppers go out early to miss the crowds’
      avoid, beat, evade, escape, dodge, sidestep, elude, get round, circumvent, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, find a way round, bypass, skirt, cheat, duck
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    6. 2.6 (of a woman) fail to have (a monthly period).
      • ‘The embryo has actually implanted before the woman misses her first period.’
      • ‘Today's pregnancy tests can confirm a pregnancy even before a woman has missed her period, and most women wanting abortion care want it as soon as possible.’
      • ‘A month later, when she missed her period, she knew he'd left something behind.’
      • ‘An eighteen year old girl tells her Mother that she has missed her period for the past two months.’
      • ‘I did not miss my periods, so I am definitely not pregnant.’
      • ‘You miss your menstrual period and confirm with a doctor that you're pregnant.’
      • ‘At this four-week point, the woman may miss her first period, and may have a positive pregnancy test.’
      • ‘Thuy knew right away that she was pregnant, and she did not hesitate but went to the hospital just a week after she had missed her period.’
      • ‘While not a sure sign that you're pregnant, missing a period can sometimes be a key symptom in telling if you're pregnant.’
      • ‘However, by the time a woman has missed her first period, she is already two weeks pregnant, so it's best to prepare for a pregnancy before trying to conceive.’
      • ‘Pregnancy tests are very accurate and can usually detect pregnancy from the time a woman misses her first period - approximately two weeks after conception.’
      • ‘An eighteen-year-old girl goes to see her mum and tells her that she has missed her period for two months.’
      • ‘Check with your doctor if your periods are more than 35 days apart or if you miss several periods.’
      • ‘Philip had dumped her after finding out she missed her period for the month.’
      • ‘Well there is nothing cool about a young girl missing a period and finding herself pregnant before she's had the chance to grow up herself.’
      • ‘When she had missed her period later that month she knew instantly that it was because she was pregnant.’
      • ‘When the following month came and went, she missed her period again.’
      • ‘My boyfriend and I decided to use condoms, and they worked well until a few months later when I missed my period.’
      • ‘She had missed her monthly and Elizabeth was now very sure that a baby was on the way.’
      • ‘I asked her what the problem was, and she told me that she had missed her period, and had checked herself out with a pregnancy kit, and that it had proved positive.’
      leave out, exclude, fail to include, except, miss, miss off, fail to mention, pass over, skip
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  • 3Notice the loss or absence of.

    ‘he's rich—he won't miss the money’
    ‘she slipped away when she thought she wouldn't be missed’
    • ‘We hadn't missed the money we were paying the lawn service, but we noticed it when we stopped.’
    • ‘That's the thing the media has never asked: didn't you miss the money?’
    • ‘Jim Lauchlan's absence was not missed as Sean Hessey also kept it tight in the middle.’
    • ‘I traced it on his computer, I can get into it with a bit of effort, and because he's dead he'll never miss the money and sound the alarm.’
    • ‘so king is out of pocket. like thatcher he is probably wealthy enough not to miss the money, but for a short period of time he has lost again!’
    notice the absence of, find missing
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    1. 3.1 Feel regret or sadness at no longer being able to enjoy the presence of.
      ‘she misses all her old friends’
      • ‘Old stock of the area, he will be sadly missed by family members and friends.’
      • ‘She will be sadly missed by her family and close friends.’
      • ‘Both men will be sadly missed by their families and friends.’
      • ‘Personally, I would miss my girls too much if I gave it up.’
      • ‘She will be sadly missed by her family, neighbours and friends.’
      • ‘People miss their families, that's just natural - but it is part of Army life.’
      • ‘She will be sadly missed by her family, relatives and friends.’
      • ‘She is sorely missed by her family, her colleagues, and her friends throughout the world.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed and greatly mourned by his sorrowing family and friends.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed by his devoted family and many friends.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed by his family, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends he has made throughout the years.’
      • ‘He was a loving member of our family and will be sorely missed by both family and friends.’
      • ‘I haven't seen him since August, when he ended it and I miss the jerk.’
      • ‘A generous and good natured person, she was a lovely neighbour and friend and she will be very sadly missed by her family and close friends.’
      • ‘Brian will be sadly missed by his family and close friends.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed and deeply mourned by his sorrowing family.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.’
      • ‘He will be sadly missed by his family, relatives and friends.’
      • ‘He was a great character and a marvellous storyteller and will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours and many friends.’
      pine for, yearn for, ache for, long for, long to see, regret the absence of, regret the loss of, feel the loss of, feel nostalgic for, need
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    2. 3.2 Feel regret or sadness at no longer being able to go to, do, or have.
      ‘I still miss France and I wish I could go back’
      • ‘I miss those summer nights escaping from the heat in my back office at Lakeview.’
      • ‘I must say that though I miss the contact with friends, I'm not really missing my London life at the moment.’
      • ‘I miss contact with the German woman who printed and distributed 5 copies of my essays to her friends.’
      • ‘Ok, I missed the bread and coffee but it still went down well.’
      • ‘Harry twisted his hands together in his lap, already missing the contact.’
      • ‘She didn't mind that, but she sorely missed just being by herself, alone with her thoughts.’
      • ‘I'll miss the day-to-day contact with students.’
      • ‘I put my hand on his chest and pushed him away from me a little, immediately missing the contact.’
      • ‘I enjoy it when you touch me, but I'm not sure if that's just because I miss physical contact.’
      • ‘I really, really miss the smell of bread baking.’
      • ‘Tell them I miss having a supportive crowd, and I miss the laughs.’
      • ‘Yes, I still craved my bread and missed my orange juice.’
      • ‘Definitely, because although he likes his job with England there are only about eight or nine games a year and I think he misses the day-to-day contact you get from club football.’
      • ‘Rangers fans cannot be expected to miss something they have never had.’
      • ‘We hope that she's alive, but we really miss just seeing her, knowing what's going on.’
      • ‘She missed seeing his bright smile that would bring one to everyone's face.’
      • ‘I miss eye contact, facial expressions and seeing the natural world in all its glorious colour and detail.’
      • ‘Several times throughout the night I wished I could become a hermit, before realizing how I would miss human contact.’
      • ‘I had missed seeing the familiar faces and how everyone called each other neighbor.’
      • ‘Melanie held him in her embrace, savoring the feel of her arms around him, a feel she'd missed the last month.’
      pine for, yearn for, ache for, long for, long to see, regret the absence of, regret the loss of, feel the loss of, feel nostalgic for, need
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  • 4no object (of an engine or motor vehicle) undergo failure of ignition in one or more cylinders.

    • ‘I was just looking for the entry form in the paper when the plane's engine started missing and spluttering.’
    • ‘A Barnes technician could even hear the engine missing over his cellphone.’

noun

  • 1A failure to hit, catch, or reach something.

    ‘Elster's stunning catch in the third inning made up for his dreadful miss in the first’
    • ‘After Brewster had been fouled on the edge of the box, Sauzee stepped up, determined to banish the memory of his penalty miss.’
    • ‘The Hearts captain, who later backed John Robertson to be Levein's successor, is prepared to pay a penalty himself for the miss.’
    • ‘Dundee should have gone on to win handsomely, but for two truly dreadful misses.’
    • ‘However, Byrom then atoned for his penalty miss by drilling home a 25 yard free kick to make the score 3-1.’
    • ‘And then Ulster paid the penalty for those misses when the Saints again paid a rare visit upfield for Grayson to level with an angled kick.’
    • ‘Tyrone took heart from the miss and finished as strongly as they started.’
    • ‘The penalty miss was met with silence - apart from the French visitors, who were in ecstasy.’
    • ‘The penalty miss in this game was obviously the turning point.’
    • ‘Scartaglin were left to regret five or six good scoring chances which they had in the first half in particular and these misses ultimately cost them the game.’
    • ‘Alas, one of the biggest came in the 1994 World Cup final, when his penalty miss handed the trophy to Brazil.’
    • ‘After the penalty miss, he twice put the ball wide from close range before eventually finding the net in the 87th minute.’
    • ‘With a second miss by Howarth it was 10-0 to Boroughmuir.’
    • ‘It was a dreadful miss and certainly proved a costly one.’
    • ‘Town paid the penalty for those misses on 60 minutes when a Fleetwood corner was met by a cavalry charge of attackers with Philip Thompson getting in first to head home.’
    • ‘Many of the misses were from frees including a penalty.’
    • ‘He had been listless, short of stamina and unable to make his mark on the match, all of which is more troubling than his miss in the penalty shoot-out.’
    • ‘However, they left it late to make their mark and were also thankful for a penalty miss by Arnold at a crucial stage.’
    • ‘Waddle is often remembered for his penalty miss in Turin and that criminally overshadows a tremendous performance by the former sausage factory worker in the game.’
    • ‘He also had to hold his hands up afterwards to a glaring miss late in the game.’
    • ‘Ten minutes from the end King made up for his dreadful miss with a terrific right-foot curler which sailed into the top corner.’
    • ‘It was also an innings of great catches and easy misses.’
    failure, omission, slip, blunder, error, mistake, fiasco
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    1. 1.1 A failure, especially an unsuccessful movie, television show, recording, etc.
      ‘audiences will decide whether Brando's latest flick is a hit or a miss’
      • ‘A filmmaker with as many misses as hits, like all great producers, Korda knew that to get ahead in the film business, you had to spend other people's money.’
      • ‘None of this means Hollywood studios will stop trying to make hit movies and make misses instead.’
      • ‘With the band stretching out into extended jams with re-arranged tempos and rhythms, the misses occur much less often than you might imagine.’
      • ‘There are a few misses here too, though the biggest problem is that the LP's uniformity, which makes some tracks seem less than engaging.’
      • ‘Having had her share of flops and misses, the dimpled actress is finally calling the shots and choosing the films she wants to.’

Phrases

  • give something a miss

    • informal Decide not to do or have something.

      ‘we decided to give the popcorn a miss’
      • ‘Missing from the equation is Grandpa, who probably decided to give this movie a miss and stay in bed.’
      • ‘They spawn in February and it's best to give them a miss for a few months after that, until about June when they start to fatten up again.’
      • ‘But, after waiting ten minutes without seeing any sign of a sweets menu, we decided to give it a miss.’
      • ‘We decided to give this area a miss, as it all seemed a bit confusing, and opted instead for a glide along the companionway at the side of the car-deck, with blue light flooding in from now glassless windows.’
      • ‘The Americans decided to give the island a miss.’
      • ‘The Melbourne organisers have put together a men's challenge event to replace this week's world championship, but with considerably less prize money and no ranking points, the big players are understandably giving it a miss.’
      • ‘I've considered giving the machine a miss, but I think that would be a cop out and I wouldn't feel right about that.’
      • ‘It's not somewhere you'd want to find yourself after dark (and maybe you'd feel safer giving it a miss during the day too).’
      • ‘I would give them a miss in future despite their apparent value for money.’
      • ‘Even though the 19-year-old hearthrob has dedicated the tour to his fans as a thank - you for their support, he will be giving his home city a miss because it does not have a big enough venue.’
      avoid, keep away from, stay away from, steer clear of, circumvent, give a wide berth to, keep at arm's length, fight shy of
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  • miss a beat

    • 1(of the heart) temporarily fail or appear to fail to beat.

      • ‘Shuddering at this, my heart missing a beat or two, my breathing becoming heavier, there's an even nastier surprise still waiting for me.’
      • ‘Paula, a Waterside community nurse and mum to two-year-old Eamon, has got used to her heart missing a beat when the phone rings.’
      • ‘Every morning, I nervously check the mail, every morning, my heart misses a beat.’
      • ‘She would say her heart would miss a beat when she heard of an idea from me.’
      • ‘Suddenly he stiffened and his heart missed a beat.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, it was difficult to stop my heart from missing a beat or two when I read the headline: Small plane crashes into Florida building.’
      • ‘A typical pacemaker sends small electrical charges to the right atrium of the heart, which receives blood, and the right ventricle, which pumps it into the lungs, if the device senses the heart has missed a beat or is beating too slowly.’
      • ‘Whilst they weren't exactly throwing things about my heart missed a beat with every bang and crunch.’
      • ‘With a tearing sound a wide gash was introduced on the surface of the wonderful cloth and with it her heart missed a beat.’
      • ‘I've never had a fanciable doctor who made my heart miss a beat.’
    • 2usually with negativeHesitate or falter, especially in demanding circumstances or when making a transition from one activity to another.

      ‘his speech segued from child-care subsidies to nuclear disarmament, without missing a beat’
      • ‘In the first days, anti-globalization protesters made new signs and became the anti-war movement without missing a beat.’
      • ‘Without missing a beat, he moved on to the next table…’
      • ‘The first was the variety of the programme, and the way the choir switched from accessible classical music to Broadway, spirituals, jazz and carols, and from high seriousness to sophisticated comedy, without missing a beat.’
      • ‘‘Because it makes me look pretty,’ said Bourne, without missing a beat.’
      • ‘Just the other day, when I was looking a little rumpled, Joe looked and me and, without missing a beat, told me, ‘Steve, you look like a bush man!’’
      • ‘I swear, for the most part, people just passed by, glanced his way, then continued walking wherever they were going, not missing a beat.’
      • ‘It's the lightness of touch that I'll miss, the sureness with which a Frasier script could go from drawing-room comedy to sheer farce to tragedy without missing a beat.’
      • ‘She is supremely confident that he can't fail to notice her and sure enough a crack appears in his concentration and the music shifts noticeable to a simpler tune without missing a beat.’
      • ‘However, Burns seems to feel that she made the transition to film without missing a beat, even to the point of acting as post-production supervisor.’
      • ‘He juggles a complex cast with consummate ease, moving the story from the tense to the surreal - often within the same story - without missing a beat.’
  • miss the boat (or bus)

    • informal Be too slow to take advantage of an opportunity.

      ‘the company missed the boat with its first attempt at a computer line five years ago’
      • ‘The telecom industry is still missing the boat and does not realize we can talk with anybody everywhere almost for free.’
      • ‘Life is passing you by and you are in danger of missing the bus, as they say.’
      • ‘Because it is now so easy to work together virtually, not doing so is not only missing an opportunity, it is missing the boat.’
      • ‘If a dealer isn't using that advantage in the marketplace, then he's missing the boat.’
      • ‘Summer is a time for rest and relaxation, and you could be completely missing the boat.’
      • ‘‘Unless we understand the financial arrangement, and not look at the student loan program in isolation from the funding arrangement, then we're really missing the boat,’ she said.’
      • ‘Like many other aspects of the industry, they are missing the boat on technological advances that you all need to be a part of.’
      • ‘Rather, they are deeply concerned they may have missed the boat, in relation to the opportunities opened up by the new global economic order.’
      • ‘I really do think the politicians are missing the boat here.’
      • ‘With Premiership crowds at record levels, Leeds are missing the boat.’
  • a miss is as good as a mile

    • proverb The fact of failure or escape is not affected by the narrowness of the margin.

      • ‘The frequency of near-misses and the infrequency of real disasters - Chernobyl being the only one we know about for sure - signifies either that nuclear power is an intolerably dangerous technology and we're living on borrowed time, or that ‘defense in depth’ works and a miss is as good as a mile.’
      • ‘She did an amazing presentation of Nokia's CSR approach and a knock-your-socks-off interview and was in the final two but a miss is as good as a mile.’
  • not miss a trick

    • informal Never fail to take advantage of a situation.

      • ‘He did not miss a trick.’
      • ‘He is not as demonstrative, but he did not miss a trick.’
      • ‘Spurway does not miss a trick when it comes to publicity.’
      • ‘In the trade you would say he does not miss a trick.’
      • ‘It was the year Argentina invaded the Falkands and not long after the Iranian embassy siege and Telfer, a master of applied metaphor, a keen student of history and a man who saw rugby as another branch of warfare, did not miss a trick.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • miss someone/something out

    • Fail to include someone or something; omit.

      ‘if we miss a few things in the first draft, we can add them later’
      • ‘People say they have been missed out for more than a month - and items left for collection end up being blown around the roads.’
      • ‘In fact it took nine months of doing nothing before I could really ride again, and in total I missed a whole year out.’
      • ‘Whilst this is an intelligent and well-argued proposal, I couldn't help thinking that something had been missed out.’
      • ‘It should come at 8.10 am but sometimes it goes a different way and misses me out completely.’
      • ‘Suddenly I realised he'd missed someone out, a girl who looked only a little older than me and whose desk was at the back of the room tucked into the corner.’
      • ‘By the middle of last week I was beginning to wonder if they'd missed me out, but oh no.’
      • ‘All of a sudden you're missing letters out all over the place!’
      • ‘If I made a mistake, or missed someone out, please let me know.’
      • ‘I am sure I have forgotten someone, please let me know if I missed you out.’
      • ‘An estimate of how many crimes have been missed out (methodology approved by the Home Office) is available here.’
      • ‘The waiters were clumsy to the extent of walking in to people and dropping things, and forgetful, missing people out when pouring wine.’
      • ‘You probably started on 1st January, tried really hard for a week, got a bit bored, missed a day out, then gave up before February started.’
      • ‘I have problems with my cognitive reasoning which means when I am tired and stressed I start to miss words out from everyday conversation but it does not mean I am stupid.’
      • ‘The sentences do not sound any worse if the word is missed out.’
      • ‘A careful introduction to the questions is needed, and respondents should be given the choice to miss them out altogether if they feel uncomfortable.’
      • ‘If I have missed your blog out, having promised you a link, please drop me a line and I'll sort it out.’
      • ‘When we were at the event and they got to the top ten I thought we had been missed out, so it was a surprise for us to come fourth.’
      • ‘I knew I had missed something out in this opinion, now I realise that I didn't mention sex education.’
      • ‘It doesn't fit together, it does miss tracks out and it is muddled up.’
      • ‘Eight trains a day will go from the timetable, some services will stop short of their original destination, and some stations will be missed out from routes.’

Origin

Old English missan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German missen.

Pronunciation

miss

/mɪs//mis/

Main definitions of miss in English

: miss1miss2miss3

miss2

noun

  • 1MissA title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl, or to that of a married woman retaining her maiden name for professional purposes.

    ‘Miss Hazel Armstrong’
    • ‘Whoever it was had called her Adaela before; they knew her name and used it familiarly, without any prefix of Lady, or even Miss or Mistress.’
    • ‘He accepts meeting Miss A outside work but denied any improper conduct took place.’
    • ‘When I came to the ‘title’ field I asked was it Mrs., Miss or Ms. She laughed and said ‘It's Doctor, actually’.’
    • ‘The best part about tomorrow will be when Miss (name withheld to protect the innocent) comes to collect her brand new convertible car.’
    • ‘Some organisations decide to give all women the title Miss unless they are known to be married and prefer the more traditional Mrs.’
    • ‘The New York Times, for example, stopped using titles like Mrs and Miss with the names of women.’
    • ‘Myself and a girl named Blanche Jackson used to tend Miss Appleby's garden in Millfield Road.’
    • ‘Good morning, Misses Wessons and Mister Linwood.’
    • ‘Roy held his hand out to Sydney again, ‘Excuse me, I didn't catch you're name before, Miss…?’’
    • ‘Hello Mister and Misses customer, how may I help you two today?’
    1. 1.1 Used in the title of the winner in a beauty contest.
      ‘Miss World’
      • ‘Neha was also titled as Miss Photogenic and Miss Fresh Face.’
      • ‘The Miss Artificial Beauty contest, aka Miss Plastic Surgery is over.’
      • ‘It is unfortunate that Laxmi Pandit had to give up her Miss India-World 2004 title following the controversy over her marital status.’
      • ‘Currently, the top ten in the ‘People's Choice’ category are Misses Albania, Australia, Brazil, India, Macedonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Thailand and Venezuela.’
      • ‘And on that note, don't write about world peace or what you want to do about the AIDS virus; this isn't a Miss Teen USA or beauty pageant.’
      • ‘Miss World Beach Beauty and Miss World Sports have been crowned.’
      • ‘Imagine, in Botswana they are having a beauty contest to choose Miss HIV!’
      • ‘Surely, the organisers who knew well in advance that there was a tie for the Miss personality and a Viewers Choice Winner should have prepared themselves better.’
      • ‘Last year, foreign students were not allowed to take part in Miss UNAM, the university's annual beauty pageant.’
      • ‘The club will organise a Miss Kasama beauty contest to be officiated by First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa at Kasama Golf Club.’
      • ‘Regular readers will remember the picture of a well-known city face with a Miss York beauty queen.’
      • ‘The crowning ceremony for Miss January and February is held in the casino - Misses March to December get selected at a later event - and Sir Freddy Laker, who lives on the island, arrives to anoint the winners.’
      • ‘The NIEC School of Business 2006 beauty pageant takes place at the New Savoy Hotel in Ndola tomorrow with seven entrants vying for the Miss NIEC title.’
      • ‘In it she played Gracie Hart, a scruffy FBI agent, who went undercover at a Miss United States beauty pageant.’
      • ‘She is a life member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Toastmaster, and even a judge for the Miss Texas / Miss Abilene Beauty Pageant.’
      • ‘Former Miss Cork Catríona Supple went on to win the Miss Ireland title in 2002.’
      • ‘Thursday gone, Christine Straw won the Miss Jamaica Universe 2004 title!’
      • ‘Added this year was the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Pageant.’
      • ‘A Miss Congeniality Beauty Pageant will be held on 30 September at the Waterford Crystal Social Centre, Cork Road, from 8 till late.’
      • ‘The Miss Photogenic and Miss Teen Tourism titles went to Cape town's Chantal Le Roux and Armenia's Mery Esajan.’
    2. 1.2 Used as a polite form of address to a young woman or to a waitress, etc.
      ‘where will you be staying in England, miss?’
      • ‘The security guard addressed her repeatedly with an annoying ‘You okay, Miss?’’
      • ‘I'm sorry about what happened to your father, Miss.’
      • ‘Would you like me to carry this in for you, Miss?’
      • ‘I'm sorry, Miss, but I have no intention of ever letting you find out.’
      • ‘Why don't you return at another time, Miss, A time when there are no appointments?’
      • ‘Just then, she saw a pair of black leather boots step in front of her, as a somewhat amused male voice asked, ‘Are you all right, Miss?’’
      • ‘‘Thanks a lot, Miss,’ the driver said rather cheerfully and drove off.’
      • ‘If you'd rather not endure my company, Miss, I espied a friend of mine on my way to this coach and can most certainly impose upon him.’
      • ‘How long have you been out here in the rain, Miss?’
      • ‘I gave her my best get-away-from-me face and asked, ‘How may I help you, Miss?’’
      • ‘‘I'm sorry, Miss, but you can't be here,’ she told me as she started to drag me back towards the barriers.’
      • ‘‘Hello there Miss, what can I get you,’ the girl asked cheerfully.’
      • ‘Excuse me, Miss, but where did you get those pants?’
      • ‘I would remind you to think only of your own affairs, Miss!’
      • ‘Hello, my name's Belinda and what would you like to have today Sir, Miss?’
      • ‘‘I would not worry, Miss,’ he said with a shaky smile.’
      • ‘As you wish, Miss, If you want to get down, that is what you'll get.’
      • ‘Sorry about the inconvenience, Miss, but for now we don't know who you are or what you're doing with them.’
      • ‘I haven't any idea, and he isn't giving me anything to go off of, Miss.’
      • ‘‘Sir Marcus has ordered that you are to be taken back to Broadshire Manor at once, Miss,’ the driver explained.’
    3. 1.3British Used by children in addressing a female teacher.
      ‘please, Miss, can I be excused?’
      • ‘Thursday brought awkward questions from the kids, such as ‘Why do we have wars, Miss?’’
      • ‘To those who stay, all instructors will be addressed as Mister or Miss.’
      • ‘It's all about education, education, education - and by the way, Miss, the dog ate my homework?’
      • ‘"Oh, I'm sure he did, Miss", Jenny replied solemnly, but her grin only grew wider.’
      • ‘My impertinent classmate chimed in: ‘What, Miss, is a good mark for a parachute packer?’’
  • 2A girl or young woman, especially one regarded as silly or headstrong.

    ‘there was none of the country bumpkin about this young miss’
    • ‘It is at this site that I found the young miss pictured here.’
    • ‘‘Well hello, young miss,’ a man who looked to be in his late years greeted with a smile.’
    • ‘But now, young miss, we need to get you back on your feet and get you moving.’
    • ‘I spoke only half in jest when I said that the young miss might tell us something of history.’
    • ‘I believe that you had better get back to your mistress, young miss.’
    • ‘Then with a smile, he looked over at her and said, ‘Young miss, would you explain it to me?’’
    • ‘I turn to the birthday boy's niece: a carefully made up young miss in a matching pink crocheted cap and poncho.’
    • ‘This young miss was eliminated on Eliminations night once more.’
    • ‘A very young miss handed him a bouquet of flowers, which he accepted with a broad smile.’
    • ‘Anyway, if the young miss above should visit, she'd fit right in!’
    young woman, young lady, girl, schoolgirl, slip of a girl
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  • 3missesA range of standard sizes, usually 8 to 20, in women's clothing.

Origin

Mid 17th century: abbreviation of mistress.

Pronunciation

miss

/mis//mɪs/

Main definitions of miss in English

: miss1miss2miss3

miss3

noun

informal
  • A miscarriage.

    ‘she had a miss, that time, lost the baby’

Pronunciation

miss

/mis//mɪs/