pull out of the fire

pull something out of the fire

 
1. Lit. to drag or take something out of a fire before it is consumed. The fire was too big, so he pulled a few logs out of the fire.
2. Fig. to rescue something; to save something just before it's too late. Can we rescue this project? Is there time to pull it out of the fire? There is no way we can pull this one out of the fire.
See also: fire, of, out, pull