near miss

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Potentially significant event that did not occur due to prevailing conditions, but could have resulted from a sequence of events that did occur.

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Joseph considered his losses on the Stock Market to be a near miss, but his business partner did not see how he had had any chance in the first place.
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Our business strategy was a near miss, but it worked and our sales went up a lot and gave us a lot of confidence.
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The disaster was officially classified as a near miss for our company so we now have checks in place to be sure it cannot happen.
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