the one that got away

the one that got away

something desirable that has eluded capture

This phrase comes from the angler's traditional way of relating the story of a large fish that has managed to escape after almost being caught : you should have seen the one that got away.

Related Idioms and Phrases :

get something in one

understand or succeed in guessing something immediately – informal

one on one = one to one

denoting or referring to a situation in which two parties come into direct contact opposition or correspondence

1995 - Represent - I want to speak to God one on one me and him.

public enemy number one

a notorious wanted criminal

a person or thing regarded as the greatest threat to a group or community

1995 - Independent - So foods that pile on the pounds are seen as Public Enemy Number One.

rolled into one = all rolled into one

(of characteristics drawn from different people or things) combined in one person or thing.

1907 - George Bernard Shaw - Major Barbara – My methods would be no use if I were Voltaire, Rousseau, Bentham, Mill, Dickens, Carlyle, Ruskin, George, Butler and Morris all rolled into one.

take care of number one = look after number one

be selfishly absorbed in protecting your own person and interests - informal

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