Значение идиомы miss the boat

[miss the boat] also [miss the bus] {v. phr.}, {informal} To failthrough slowness; to put something off until too late; do the wrongthing and lose the chance.

Mr. Brown missed the boat when hedecided not to buy the house.

In college he didn’t study enough sohe missed the boat and failed to pass.

Ted could have married Lenabut he put off asking her and missed the boat.

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