What does miss the boat mean?


Idiom Meaning:

too slow to take advantage of an opportunity


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Sabrina (1954)

Time of Scene: n/a

David Larrabee: What makes you so sure Sabrina still wants me?

Linus Larrabee: Of course she wants you. She’s wanted you all her life.

David Larrabee: Until you came along in that silly homburg.

Linus Larrabee: Well, suppose you straighten that silly straw hat and on your way. You’ll miss the boat.

David Larrabee: Don’t worry. I won’t miss the boat. I’m going. Funniest thing. Linus Larrabee, the man who doesn’t burn, doesn’t scorch, doesn’t melt suddenly throws a twenty million dollar deal out the window. Are you sure you don’t want to go with her?

Linus Larrabee: Why should I want to go with her?

David Larrabee: Because you’re in love with her.


Dodsworth (1936)

Time of Scene: 01:39:00

Fran Dodsworth: Are you going back to that washed-out expatriate in Naples?

Sam Dodsworth: Yes, and when I marry her, I’m going back to doing things.

Fran Dodsworth: Do you think you’ll ever get me out of your blood?

Sam Dodsworth: Maybe not, but love has got to stop someplace short of suicide.

Steward: But the gentleman will miss the boat!

Fran Dodsworth: He’s gone ashore! He’s gone ashore!


The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Time of Scene: 00:1o:20

Harry Street: It’s not dying, not in itself, that matters! It’s dying of failure. Leaves a bad taste in your mouth. How does a man miss the boat?


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