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be snatched from the jaws of death

To be rescued at the last moment from near or certain death. The drowning fishermen were snatched from the jaws of death by a passing cruise ship.
See also: death, jaw, of, snatch
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DUSTY the hamster was snatched from the jaws of death after his owner shut him in an exercise ball and threw it into a dustcart.
A four-year-old boy was snatched from the jaws of death after falling under the wheels of a bin lorry.