nearmiss

nearmiss
near miss n.
1. A narrowly avoided collision involving two or more aircraft, ships, boats, or motor vehicles.
2. A missile strike that is extremely close to but not directly on target.
3. Something that fails by a very narrow margin:

Her campaign for the Senate was a near miss.

  [Blend of near thing, and miss1.]

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