to miss the boat

to miss the boat: to ​lose an ​opportunity to do something by being ​slow to ​act
Examples of TO MISS THE BOAT

  • There were ​tickets ​available last ​week, but he ​missed the ​boat by ​waiting till today to ​try to ​buy some.

  • The precious metals market was looking up several months ago, but unfortunately most investors missed the boat.

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