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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LEONID SLUTSKY has dodged the bullet at Hull - at least for now.
The fourth largest economy in the eurozone has been under strong pressure from markets in recent months to apply for a rescue, but seems to have dodged the bullet for 2012 by covering all its financing needs.
Mickleson, true to form, dodged the bullet and failed to confirm his true feelings.The veteran Ryder Cup star had wriggled off the hook again.
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.
was acquired I by German consumer-products I company Henkel KGaA, it dodged the bullet on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in the U.S., and got "hit" on the other end, however, with more frequent and very detailed German reporting.
MICHAEL Jackson, in the memorable phrase of one of the jurors, dodged the bullet.
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.
HIGH-FLYING Hull were shot down by fellow promotion battlers Burnley - but "dodged the bullet" with the other results.
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 46.49sec.
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.
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.
Steve Freeth said: "We have dodged the bullet. We were wary of Venables last week and went 8-1 about him."