out of the woods


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out of the wood(s)

No longer in danger or dealing with a particular difficulty, though not entirely resolved. (Usually used in the negative.) Her surgery went as well as we could have hoped, but she's not out of the woods yet. We've restructured the organization to help eliminate unnecessary costs; if our sales stay strong, we should be out of the woods by the fall.
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out of the woods

Fig. past a critical phase; out of the unknown. When thepatient got out of the woods, everyone relaxed. I can give you a better prediction for your future health when you are out of the woods.
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out of the woods

Out of difficulties, danger or trouble, as in We're through the worst of the recession-we're out of the woods now, or That pneumonia was serious, but Charles is finally out of the woods. This expression, alluding to having been lost in a forest, dates from Roman times; it was first recorded in English in 1792. The British usage is out of the wood.
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out of the woods

mod. freed from a previous state of uncertainty or danger; no longer critical. As soon as her temperature is down, she’ll be out of the woods.
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out of the woods

Informal
Free of a difficult or hazardous situation; in a position of safety or security.
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