• To miss the boat means to have¬†failed to take advantage of an opportunity.
  • To miss out on something; to be ignorant of something.
  • To have made an error; to be wrong.

1. If you think there are tickets left for the concert, you’ve missed the boat.

 

2. My lawyer really missed the boat when he overlooked a piece of evidence found at the crime scene.

 

3. I’ve told you many times to pay attention to detail on this design, you’ve missed the boat on this one Tom.

 

4. David, you missed the boat on your recent history paper.

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Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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