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What is the meaning of a can not?

This guy is a can't-miss prospect.

I heard this sentence in an English movie.

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This question, like many others, shows lack of research and, in this case, not even an attempt to parse the sentence itself correctly. I know that English is not your first language, and would be glad to help, but you really need to make an attempt yourself, too. –  JeffSahol Jun 5 '12 at 12:53
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the hyphen between can't and miss is important. It connects them. In trying to understand the sentence, first understand can't-miss. Don't pull out the can't and try to understand a can't - that's not a single unit in the sentence –  Kate Gregory Jun 5 '12 at 12:55
    
@JeffSahol :if u know some good site then u can give link me for it . –  Pratik Jun 5 '12 at 12:58
    
Google can't miss: define –  Alex B. Jun 5 '12 at 13:00
    
Compare can't-miss with must-see, they are similar constructions that take and auxiliary verb and a main verb and combine them with a hyphen to produce an adjective. –  Matt Эллен Jun 6 '12 at 9:09
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First, understand that the word can is part of a contraction there, it being can't. Although "can't" means the same thing as "can not", in this specific example, you need to avoid changing "can't". Why?

Because you are taking the words out of their proper context, and changing them, which is adding to your confusion.

In actuality, the context here shows that you are dealing with an idiom. It is...

can't miss

It means that something is a "sure thing". It means that there is a guarantee of success. Thus, the phrase This guy is a can't-miss prospect means that if you use this guy for something, whatever it is, it will succeed.

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