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Miss the boat

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Miss the boat

Nancy Matos

Reader Question: "I am afraid that if we don't do something now, we will certainly miss the boat," Luo said.

Could you explain “miss the boat”?

My comments: In the example above, the person in question needs to act fast or he will miss an important opportunity. It can also refer to being too late to get something you want: “We missed the boat on the sale of the Beijing Guo’an final match tickets.”

To “miss the boat” can also mean not understanding something, being ignorant, or just plain dumb: “He really missed the boat on that one.”

A famous quote says: “The man who has done nothing but wait for his ship to come in has already missed the boat.” - Anonymous


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.