dodge a bullet

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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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I dodged a bullet, I appreciate how lucky I am to be alive.
I'VE got to admit that I dodged a bullet yesterday.
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About two minutes later the Matadors dodged a bullet, when Shafii's shot was deflected by CSUN goalkeeper Kevin Guppy and hit the crossbar, nearly giving Fullerton a two goal lead.
The former Wallaby captain and World Cup winner admitted: "As Rob said to me, 'You haven't just dodged a bullet - you've dodged a cannonball'.
If the ball hits him in the kneecap, then we run the risk of some pretty serious damage, so we kind of dodged a bullet there, obviously.
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Certainly, the show dodged a bullet when ABC moved it from its Wednesday time slot opposite the white-hot ``Law & Order.
It would not be accurate to say the Angels' Jim Edmonds dodged a bullet, not when general manager Bill Stoneman apparently never had his finger on the trigger of a trade that would have sent the center fielder packing.
We definitely dodged a bullet, but I have no problems dodging bullets in the tournament.