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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Mickleson, true to form, dodged the bullet and failed to confirm his true feelings.
I THOUGHT I'd dodged the bullet - pulling out of a Tuesday bet on Cappagh (ran out close home at Exeter with the race 'won') at the last minute.
We dodged the bullet a little because we took our foot off the gas after taking a 4-1 lead in Nottingham.
Yet, for the next 33 years I dodged the bullet, encountering no negative health effects from smoking, or so I thought.
MICHAEL Jackson, in the memorable phrase of one of the jurors, dodged the bullet.
I had dodged the bullet in the late '80s and was waiting for a special clearance.
TIE: True, but now that the system has dodged the bullet, how do you restructure the IMF and World Bank for the complexities of markets this large and this vast?
All four have teetered on the edge of extinction but, at least partly as a payoff for "doing time" in captivity, they've dodged the bullet for now.
Speaking at his home in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, Nigel Snowdon said: "It was the mother of all cock-ups and Tom dodged the bullet big time.
For a second it looked as though she would get caught up in bother at the penultimate turn, but Midway Skipper dodged the bullet and simply powered away up the run-in to score comfortably from Steady Scholes by two and a half lengths in 46.
As Twickenham emptied Ashton was asked how relieved he felt to have dodged the bullet, courtesy of a player he had booted out of the squad a week earlier.
IG spokesman Jeremy Scott said: "A Pietersen ton would usually be bad news for us, but we dodged the bullet and actually made a small profit on that market.
While the state and utility customers of Pacific Gas & Electric and Edison have been or soon will be socked hard with skyrocketing energy prices, most city-owned public utilities dodged the bullet because they were treated differently under the flawed deregulation law that is now threatening the state's economy.
He then dodged the bullet a fortnight ago after England's wretched defeat by Argentina - when his players' unflinching loyalty saved him.