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miss the cut

In golf, to fail to match or better the score necessary to remain in the final two rounds of a four-round tournament, thus resulting in elimination. Despite a strong start in the tournament, Ms. Ryder fell behind in the last nine holes and ended up missing the cut.
See also: cut, miss

miss the mark

To be slightly or somewhat mistaken, incorrect, or inaccurate. I believe your statements about the city's homelessness problem have rather missed the mark. The film tries to be a commentary on the middle class in this country, but it ends up missing the mark.
See also: mark, miss

never miss a trick

To always take advantage of every opportunity or situation to gain some benefit for oneself. Did you really try to make a quick buck during the hurricane? You never miss a trick, do you? When you're hiring a PR consultant, you want someone who'll never miss a trick.
See also: miss, never, trick

go missing

To disappear. My diamond earrings have gone missing, and I want the entire staff to be interrogated! A: "How did the dog go missing?" B: "I don't know, he must have wiggled under the fence in the backyard."
See also: missing

miss the cushion

To fail in some way. The phrase is similar in meaning and use to "miss the mark." I felt confident going into the interview, but I think I really missed the cushion, judging by the recruiter's facial expressions.
See also: cushion, miss

missing link

1. A hypothetical extinct animal that is believed to be the evolutionary connection between man and ape. Scientists will never fully understand the evolution of man until they find the missing link.
2. Something that is significantly, noticeably absent, often because its presence would be helpful or beneficial. Participation is the missing link in your grade, so I would suggest speaking up in class going forward. I think that chlorine is the missing link in this experiment.
See also: link, missing

fear of missing out

slang The worry that one may miss an enjoyable activity, especially due to the fact that one often sees others documenting such activities on social media. Often abbreviated as "FOMO." Fear of missing out convinced me to go to that crazy outdoor festival with my friends.
See also: fear, missing, of, out

without missing a beat

Without slowing down, pausing, or being distracted, especially in spite of a potential disruption. Even when the hecklers started singing obnoxiously, the speaker continued without missing a beat. The teacher asked us how photosynthesis begins, and, without missing a beat, John said, "With a 'P.'"
See also: beat, missing, without

miss a trick

To not take advantage of an opportunity or situation to gain some benefit for oneself. Almost always used in the negative to convey the opposite, meaning that one is opportunistic. Did you really try to make a quick buck during the hurricane? You never miss a trick, do you? Even the best salesmen miss a trick once in a while. You'll get the next one.
See also: miss, trick

miss a trick

Fig. to miss an opportunity or chance. (*Typically with the negative.) She hardly ever misses a trick. Mr. Big never misses a trick. How did a smart guy like you miss a trick like that?
See also: miss, trick

have all one's buttons

Also, have all one's marbles. Be completely sane and rational. For example, Grandma may be in a wheelchair, but she still has all her buttons, or I'm not sure he has all his marbles. These slangy expressions date from the mid-1800s, as do the antonyms lose or be missing some of one's buttons or marbles , meaning "become (or be) mentally deficient."
See also: all, button, have

without missing a beat


not missing a beat

If someone says or does something without missing a beat, they continue to speak or do something without pausing. `Are you jealous?' — `Only when I'm not in control,' he says, without missing a beat.
See also: beat, missing, without

not know what you’re ˈmissing

not realize how good, amusing, interesting, etc. something is because you have never tried it: ‘I’m not really interested in snowboarding.’ ‘Oh, you should give it a try. You don’t know what you’re missing.’
See also: know, missing, not, what
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Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday sharply increased their estimate of missing foster children from 488 to 740 as the Board of Supervisors called for a sweeping management evaluation and took steps to put the missing children's names and photos on the Internet.