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miss out

Meaning: to miss the chance to get something you'd like to have, or do something you'd like to do

For example:

  • miss out We tried to buy tickets to the Nick Cave concert, but they'd sold out. If we'd tried to buy them earlier, we wouldn't have missed out.

  • miss out on We all feel sorry for Tim. He missed out on a spot in the Olympic team because he injured his foot during the selection trials.

Quick Quiz:

There was a sale on yesterday with lots of nice clothes at very low prices. We missed out because we
  1. got there early
  2. didn't like any of them
  3. didn't know about it

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