A person who you we're originally supposed to end up with, but due to a cause of fate or by consequences cause by you the relationship failed and as time goes by you wonder what you and that person could have been, making them the one that got away.
Friend 1: isn't that the girl you dated for like a year?
Friend 2: oh yeah, she's the one that got away..
by Josie_182 March 9, 2016
A person you had a lot of feelings for and still do. The person you wanted to be worth it and you wonder why it never worked out and if you should have done more, tried harder . In the end you think your over them but no one compares really.
“Shit I looked back at the pictures of us from the party the other day and our conversations about that wanderlust song and realised that I fucked up. I wish I had tried more with him. He’s definatly the one that got away
by Bella my cat is cute January 17, 2018
That guy you you could have had it all with but something, whether it was distance or just bad timing, drove you apart and now your left wondering, "what if?"
Tonight's one of those nights I think of Charlie and listen to Boston by Augustana on repeat...alas he was the one that got away.
by SheAteThePlacenta August 8, 2017
A reference to a person that could have been the true love of your life. A reference to a person you always wonder "What if...?"
"Dude! Who is that girl over there talking to your girlfriend? She is so hot!"
"The one that got away."

"Girl who's that handsome guy talking to your husband?"
"The one that got away."
by Mr Special August 18, 2019
The sweet, kind guy who showed his feelings and genuinely cared for a woman and would have treated her like a treasure.
If you are reading this, you are the one that got away, and the girl who went back to the other guy instead of dating you regrets her decision.
by February 5, 2022
“The one that got away” is an ex who has an exalted place among your past loves. She is the one you focus about. This ex was a good person, your breakup didn't change your opinion about this. She's someone who deserves love in their lives, someone another person would be lucky to be with.
If you're reading this, you are probably The one that got away.
by _The Secret_ November 13, 2019
the only girl that u ever loved and u lost it either by ur own fault or natural causes.kilo dogg.kilo
by mbilluni September 14, 2008