miss the boat
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British pronunciation/mˈɪs ðə bˈəʊt bˈʌs/
American pronunciation/mˈɪs ðə bˈoʊt bˈʌs/
to miss the boat

to lose the chance to take advantage of something, particularly a good opportunity

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to [miss] the (boat|bus) definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "miss the boat" and when to use it?

The idiom "miss the boat" comes from the idea of a boat or ship leaving a dock or port, and someone arriving too late to board it. The idiom can be used in a wide range of situations, from missing a job opportunity to failing to invest in a profitable venture. It is often used to express regret or disappointment at having missed out on something that was potentially valuable or rewarding.

She missed the bus, now she has to wait for the next one.
If you don't submit your application soon, you'll miss the boat for the scholarship.
We need to hurry the kids along, or we'll miss the bus.
She thought missing the bus was a disaster, but in the grand scheme of things, it's just small potatoes.
He missed the bus and commented, 'Looks like I won't make it on time.'
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