miss\ the\ boat

miss\ the\ boat
• miss the boat
• miss the bus
v. phr. informal
To fail through slowness; to put something off until too late; do the wrong thing and lose the chance.

Mr. Brown missed the boat when he decided not to buy the house.

In college he didn't study enough so he missed the boat and failed to pass.

Ted could have married Lena but he put off asking her and missed the boat.


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  • miss the boat — also[miss the bus] {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail through slowness; to put something off until too late; do the wrong thing and lose the chance. * /Mr. Brown missed the boat when he decided not to buy the house./ * /In college he didn t study… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • miss the boat — also[miss the bus] {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail through slowness; to put something off until too late; do the wrong thing and lose the chance. * /Mr. Brown missed the boat when he decided not to buy the house./ * /In college he didn t study… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • miss the boat — Ⅰ. ► miss the boat informal be too slow to take advantage of something. Main Entry: ↑miss Ⅱ. ► miss the boat see MISS(Cf. ↑miss). Main Entry: ↑boat …   English terms dictionary

  • miss the boat — If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • miss the boat — phrasal : to blunder badly by failing to grasp an opportunity in time or by making a false judgment waiting until after the candidates are nominated is waiting until you have missed the boat Marguerite J. Fisher & D.G.Bishop * * * miss the boat… …   Useful english dictionary

  • miss the boat —    If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you miss the boat, you fail to take advantage of an opportunity because you don t act quickly enough.     I managed to get… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • miss the boat — lose an opportunity You had better hurry and get your application in or you will miss the boat on entering that new company …   Idioms and examples

  • Miss the boat —   If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • miss the boat (or bus) — informal be too slow to take advantage of something. → miss …   English new terms dictionary

  • miss the boat — Synonyms and related words: be behindhand, be late, be overdue, blow the chance, get up late, go amiss, go astray, keep everyone waiting, keep late hours, lose the chance, lose the opportunity, miscarry, misfire, miss, miss an opportunity, miss… …   Moby Thesaurus

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