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Miss the boat

DEFINITION

Late for an opportunity. ‘Boat’ in this instance refers to a chance such as a job opening or chance to attend an music concert. (Compare to Come up short or Day late and a dollar short.)

You came to the party late and missed the boat because all the food and drinks have been consumed.”

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