You Can’t Miss It

Meaning of Idiom ‘You Can’t Miss It’

You can’t miss it means it is easy to find; impossible not to see or notice. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

Usage

This idiom is spoken almost always when giving driving directions to a building or some other physical landmark. It may also be spoken to someone on foot. Although less common, the idiom can be used in other circumstances when something is easy to find or notice.

Examples Of Use

“The courthouse is just down the block to your right. You can’t miss it. It’s the big brick building with marble steps.”

“There’s a gas station about a mile away. Just turn right at the next traffic signal and keep going straight. You can’t miss it. There are two big signs.”

“Just keep going straight. You can’t miss it. It’s the last house before the street dead ends. https://www.idioms.online/dead-end/

“I hate the expression you can’t miss it. You almost always can miss it!”

Origin

Used since at least the late 1700s.

Miss is used in this idiom in the sense of ‘fail to notice’ so that the idiom means “you can’t fail to notice it.”

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.