to miss the boat

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - miss the boat

"to miss the boat"

to fail to take advantage of an opportunity


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - miss the boat

"to miss the boat"

to fail to understand something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - miss the boat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I really must get down to the shoe store and take advantage of their two for one sale.

Friend 2:  Sorry. You missed the boat on that one.

Friend 1:  Why do you say that?

Friend 2:  The sale ended yesterday.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - miss the boat

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How did you do on last week's exam?

Student 2:  I failed. I really missed the boat on the whole point of the subject. I guess I simply didn't understand the topic.

Student 2:  I suppose you will have to get some help and study harder for the next exam.

to miss the boat - Usage:


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to miss the boat - Gerund Form:

Missing the boat, he failed to take advantage of the training course that was offered.

Missing the boat, she sat dumbfounded.

to miss the boat - Examples:

1)  By delaying the decision, Kirwan said he was worried council would "miss the boat" on several funding opportunities.

2)  I hope that we don't miss the boat on this one and that the government is ready to take advantage of the taxes ...

3)  ... and if you miss the boat, then be prepared to fork out more.

4)  If we're not involved now, then we are simply going to miss the boat.

5)  ... and businesses that fail to understand them will miss the boat and have no idea why.

6)  One predicted what actually happened in the end, while the other missed the boat completely.

7)  ... to keep up with changing technology, but it is possible that they missed the boat.

8)  They really missed the boat on this one and that's why we've hired a legal firm to take ...

9)  Only time will tell, but the Canadiens might have missed the boat with Hunt by not signing him after Development Camp this past summer.

10)  We ponder whether we may have "missed the boat" for forming friendships as the others already had three days to mix and mingle.

11)  ... but through poor communication and complete lack of money, we missed the boat.

12)  ... and management having completely missed the boat on their original guidance.

13)  ... in common with most other forecasters, it missed the boat in terms of identifying the inflating economic bubble.

14)  ... budget needed some better choices and a rallying cry. Instead, it missed the boat on more levels than merely the regressive deficit levy.

15)  I kind of missed the boat on her records. I try to keep up, but there is so much ...

16)  New Zealand is in danger of missing the boat on securing a trade deal with the UK before it leaves the EU.

17)  And you can only wait so long before missing the boat.

18)  Segway was clearly irritated about missing the boat on the whole hoverboard fad.

19)  Either they're missing the boat on some important issue, or there is something amiss in the logic chain.

20)  There is probably no better case study of a company missing the boat on technological developments than Kodak, which actually invented digital photography.