miss the boat

miss the boat
   If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   If you miss the boat, you fail to take advantage of an opportunity because you don't act quickly enough.
   

I managed to get my order through before the end of the special offer - but I nearly missed th 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 — • 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… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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 — 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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