Definitions for near miss
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a strike by a missile that is not a direct hit.
the narrow avoidance of a collision.
Category: Common Vocabulary
something that falls narrowly short of its object.
an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
a miss which was nearly a hit or collision
a scenario which ends safely but might well have ended in disaster
an attempt which fails narrowly; a performance which falls just short of a certain benchmark