Miss the boat

Do you know the English expression “miss the boat“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Rachel: Did you apply for a job at the new store in town?

Gloria: No. I only found out today that the deadline for applications was yesterday. I missed the boat.

Does it mean:

a) to be late for a boat ride

b) to send something by boat

c) to miss a chance

d) to miss a ride

The answer is below! ↓

 

Answer: c) to miss a chance