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be missing some of (one's) buttons
To be mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to be of unsound mind. My poor grandmother is missing some of her buttons after her stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I'm missing some of my buttons!
be missing some of (one's) marbles
To be mentally deficient, incompetent, or deranged; to be of unsound mind. My poor grandmother is missing some of her marbles after her stroke. I've been so sleep deprived lately that it feels like I'm missing some of my marbles!
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.
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 back yard."
joy of missing out
The enjoyment of time spent alone, rather than the feeling of compulsively needing to be with one's friends or know what they are doing. The opposite of "fear of missing out" (commonly abbreviated "FOMO"). I rarely go out on the weekends anymore. I've totally embraced the joy of missing out, it seems!
miss (something) by a mile
To fail or fall short (of something) by a very wide margin. I thought she would appreciate such a practical present for her birthday, but it looks like I missed by a mile. He kept boasting about how good he is at horseshoes, but he missed by a mile every time he went up to throw.
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.
1. obsolete Of a firearm, to fail to fire a shot. (Replaced in modern English by the word "misfire.") He had the better aim of the two, but his pistol missed fire, and he was killed in the duel.
2. obsolete By extension, to fail to do as expected or intended; to not achieve the intended or anticipated result. (Replaced in modern English by the word "misfire.") It is now clear that the government's social welfare experiment has greatly miss fired.
To lose the chance or opportunity to do or experience something. Because I was so sick last week, I missed out on the chance to see my sister while she was in town. If you don't call the recruiter back right away, you're going to miss out.
miss out on (something)
To lose the chance or opportunity to do or experience something. Because I was so sick last week, I missed out on the chance to see my sister while she was in town. If you don't call the recruiter back right away, you're going to miss out on the opportunity.
miss the boat
1. To lose the chance or opportunity to do something. If you don't call the recruiter back right away, you're going to miss the boat.
2. To make a mistake, often due to misunderstanding something. Boy, he really missed the boat with that tone-deaf statement.
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.
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.
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.
miss the point
To misunderstand the essence or crux of something. That's not what I meant at all—you missed the point of everything I just said.
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.
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.
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.
not know what (one is) missing
To fail to realize how great something is because one refuses to try or participate in it. This movie is really interesting—you kids don't know what you're missing! A: "I've always been too nervous to try skydiving." B: "You don't know what you're missing. It's the thrill of a lifetime!"
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.'"
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?
miss out (on something)and lose out (on something)
to fail to participate in something; to fail to take part in something. I'm sorry I missed out on the ice cream. I lost out on getting in the class photo because I was sick that day.
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.
miss the point
to fail to understand the important part of something. I'm afraid you missed the point. Let me explain it again. You keep explaining, and I keep missing the point.
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."
Fail to achieve the anticipated result, as in Recycling cardboard seemed like a good idea but it missed fire. First recorded in 1727, this phrase originally described a firearm failing to go off and has been used figuratively since the mid-1800s.
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.
miss the point
Overlook or fail to understand the essential or important part of something, as in Chris missed the point of Gwen's complaint, thinking she was opposed to the date of the next meeting . This expression employs point in the sense of "the salient portion," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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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.
miss the boat
COMMON If you miss the boat, you fail to act in time to take advantage of an opportunity. The price of gold rose so quickly that many investors simply missed the boat. When I was still unmarried at 30, my mother and grandmother both worried that I'd missed the boat. Note: You can put an adjective before boat to say what kind of opportunity is being missed. Those who bought in May missed the investment boat. Note: People sometimes say miss the bus with the same meaning. Orders received by December 10 will be sent in time for Christmas. Too bad if you missed the bus.
miss the boat (or bus)be too slow to take advantage of an opportunity. informal
1987 Kathy Lette Girls' Night Out He'll never get divorced and marry her. She'll miss the boat.
not know what you’re ˈmissingnot 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.’
ˌmiss the ˈboat(informal) lose the opportunity to do or get something because you do not act quickly enough: I’m afraid we’ve missed the boat — all the tickets for Saturday’s performance have been sold.
To be unable or fail to participate in something: I missed out on last month's concert because I was out of town. There's a lot going on at the fair, so set aside the whole day or you'll miss out!
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.
1. To fail to discharge. Used of a firearm.
2. To fail to achieve the anticipated result.
miss the boatInformal
1. To fail to avail oneself of an opportunity.
2. To fail to understand.