miss the boat


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miss the boat

 
1. Lit. to miss out (on something); to be ignorant (of something). Pay attention, John, or you'll miss the boat and not learn algebra. Tom really missed the boat when it came to making friends.
2. Fig. to have made an error; to be wrong. If you think you can do that, you have just missed the boat. The guy's missed the boat. He's a lunkhead.
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miss the boat

1. to lose an opportunity that could lead to success He thinks we're missing the boat on improving relations with Russia.
2. to not understand the importance of something I believe that people who think this issue is simply going to disappear have missed the boat.
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miss the boat

to be too late to get something that you want Anyone still hoping for concert tickets will discover they have missed the boat. I sent off my university application at the last minute and nearly missed the boat.
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miss the boat

1. Fail to take advantage of an opportunity, as in Jean missed the boat on that club membership. This expression, which alludes to not being in time to catch a boat, has been applied more widely since the 1920s.
2. Fail to understand something, as in I'm afraid our legislator missed the boat on that amendment to the bill. [Mid-1900s] Also see miss the point.
See also: boat, miss

miss the boat

tv. to have made an error; to be wrong. If you think you can do that, you have just missed the boat.
See also: boat, miss

miss the boat

Informal
1. To fail to avail oneself of an opportunity.
2. To fail to understand.
See also: boat, miss
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WITH the closure of Thornaby depot comes yet another golden opportunity for Stockton Council to miss the boat (as far as cashing in on our railway heritage goes) and not turn this perfect site into a railway museum to rival that of York.
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In all these intervening years, I thought, 'If I don't get down there someday, I'm going to miss the boat because this generation's dying off all over the world.