\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun
: a miss (as with a bomb) close enough to the target to cause damage; broadly : something that falls just short of complete success

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near-miss «NIHR MIHS», noun.
1. a) the failure to make a direct hit on a target or other thing aimed at. b) a rocket, guided missile, bomb, or the like that fails to make a direct hit upon a target: »

With a thermonuclear warhead the attacker can be sure of inflicting great damage even with a near-miss (Newsweek).

2. anything that does not fulfill but approaches very closely some standard of excellence: »

The good near-misses scored by some of the first novelists (Manchester Guardian).

3. a narrow escape from danger or an accident: »

The near-miss left me slightly shaken (Atlantic).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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