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 for To miss stays
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Miss \Miss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Missed (m[i^]st); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Missing.] [AS. missan; akin to D. & G. missen, OHG.
     missan, Icel. missa, Sw. mista, Dan. miste. [root]100. See
     Mis-, pref.]
     1. To fail of hitting, reaching, getting, finding, seeing,
        hearing, etc.; as, to miss the mark one shoots at; to miss
        the train by being late; to miss opportunites of getting
        knowledge; to miss the point or meaning of something said.
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              When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will
              acknowledge he judged not right.      --Locke.
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     2. To omit; to fail to have or to do; to get without; to
        dispense with; -- now seldom applied to persons.
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              She would never miss, one day,
              A walk so fine, a sight so gay.       --Prior.
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              We cannot miss him; he does make our fire,
              Fetch in our wood.                    --Shak.
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     3. To discover the absence or omission of; to feel the want
        of; to mourn the loss of; to want; as, to miss an absent
        loved one. --Shak.
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              Neither missed we anything . . . Nothing was missed
              of all that pertained unto him.       --1 Sam. xxv.
                                                    15, 21.
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              What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
                                                    --Milton.
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     To miss stays. (Naut.) See under Stay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stay \Stay\ (st[=a]), n. [AS. staeg, akin to D., G., Icel., Sw.,
     & Dan. stag; cf. OF. estai, F. ['e]tai, of Teutonic origin.]
     (Naut.)
     A large, strong rope, employed to support a mast, by being
     extended from the head of one mast down to some other, or to
     some part of the vessel. Those which lead forward are called
     fore-and-aft stays; those which lead to the vessel's side are
     called backstays. See Illust. of Ship.
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     In stays, or Hove in stays (Naut.), in the act or
        situation of staying, or going about from one tack to
        another. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
  
     Stay holes (Naut.), openings in the edge of a staysail
        through which the hanks pass which join it to the stay.
  
     Stay tackle (Naut.), a tackle attached to a stay and used
        for hoisting or lowering heavy articles over the side.
  
     To miss stays (Naut.), to fail in the attempt to go about.
        --Totten.
  
     Triatic stay (Naut.), a rope secured at the ends to the
        heads of the foremast and mainmast with thimbles spliced
        to its bight into which the stay tackles hook.
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