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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MISS

Miss Avice won't be down, sir, and I'm to fetch her up a pot of coffee, sir.

So small was it that to have gone a few feet to either side would have been to miss it.

Miss Milbrey wondered somewhat; but her mind was easy, for her resolution had been taken.

Miss Milbrey nodded encouragement, seeming to chuckle inwardly.

For young Bines, after dinner, fell in love with Miss Milbrey all over again.

Miss Bines and young Milbrey were already on excellent terms.

At Percival's suggestion of a walk, Miss Milbrey was delighted.

Miss Milbrey had put herself bravely in the path of Destiny.

Miss Milbrey disunited the chatting couple with swiftness and aplomb.

Percival and Miss Milbrey, on the other hand, were doing badly.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English missan "fail to hit, miss (a mark); fail in what was aimed at; escape (someone's notice)," influenced by Old Norse missa "to miss, to lack;" both from Proto-Germanic *missjan "to go wrong" (cf. Old Frisian missa, Middle Dutch, Dutch missen, German missen "to miss, fail"), from *missa- "in a changed manner," hence "abnormally, wrongly," from PIE root *mei- "to change" (root of mis- (1); see mutable). Related: Missed; missing.

Meaning "to fail to get what one wanted" is from mid-13c. Sense of "to escape, avoid" is from 1520s; that of "to perceive with regret the absence or loss of (something or someone)" is from late 15c. Sense of "to not be on time for" is from 1823; to miss the boat in the figurative sense of "be too late for" is from 1929, originally nautical slang. To miss out (on) "fail to get" is from 1929.

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