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dodge a bullet

To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be undesirable, disastrous, dangerous, or otherwise harmful. A: "I heard that John has become a drug addict and is living out of his car. Didn't you two used to date?" B: "Yeah, but we broke up about five years ago. Looks like I dodged a bullet on that one." I really dodged the bullet when my exam was postponed to next week, as I hadn't studied for it at all!
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The woods warn't thick, so I looked over my shoulder to dodge the bullet, and twice I seen Harney cover Buck with his gun; and then he rode away the way he come -- to get his hat, I reckon, but I couldn't see.
Diabetes is genetic in Aebel's family, but somehow she managed to dodge the bullet.
Her one to watch is Dodge the Bullet, who is as yet unraced and out of the same mare as The Hollow Bottom, who has won a bumper and two class 3 races at Aintree for Nigel Twiston Davies.
When a fellow reporter plants a seed of worry in John's mind about his wife wanting a baby, he decides to dodge the bullet by buying her a Labrador pup called Marley.
When fellow reporter Sebastian plants a seed of worry in John's mind about his wife wanting a baby, he decides to dodge the bullet by buying Jenny a yellow Labrador pup called Marley.
The hunt for Brian Martin began four days ago after businessman Dickie Law, 43, was shot at answering his door in Kelty, Fife, but managed to dodge the bullet.
IGshared a similar view but managed to dodge the bullet by reducing their 27-32 quote about Clarke's runs by two points after he winced at his first ball.
But Los Angeles city residents could dodge the bullet because of adequate drinking water supplies and the fact so little of the region's power is generated by water, officials said.
The next group of manufacturers attempting to dodge the bullet of predatory civil litigation is the nation's firearms industry.
Lizzie, played by Caoilfhionn Dunne, and her accomplice Wayne tried yet again to take out Nidge by breaking into his family home but the gang boss managed to dodge the bullet.
Despite Brian Lara failing to post a single run in his second innings and the expected flood of runs drying up, the majority of punters seemed to dodge the bullet.
But he is confident he will dodge the bullet when he meets with Gatland and Wasps chief executive David Davies.
The Fine Gael Deputy managed to dodge the bullets amid claims the Garda Commissioner was thrown under the bus to save his skin.
But we keep our heads down and just try to dodge the bullets.
The 35-year-old victim managed to dodge the bullets and fled on foot from the layby near Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, to nearby houses.