Idiom – Miss The Boat

Idiom – Miss the boat or Miss the bus.

Meaning – To miss an opportunity. To be too late to act to take advantage of something. If you miss the boat you do not take action quickly enough.

The idiom choppy waters refers to troublesome, difficult or uncertain times. You can use the idiom tread water if you are active but not making progress towards something.


When could you use this idiom?

  • You were given some information that could have benefited you, but you did not take advantage of it.
  • A colleague previously told you an about an investment opportunity that has made them a lot of money.
  • You turned down an opportunity for employment that you regret.
  • An ex-partner you dumped is now rich, famous and successful!


  • Mate, I told you to buy bitcoin when it was worth less than a dollar. It’s now worth thousands! You missed the boat!”

In The News:

Have Celtic missed the boat on Emiliano Martinez?


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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