get out with life

get out with (one's) life

To manage to escape a dangerous situation without being killed. Sometimes used hyperbolically. So many of my friends died in the war—I truly don't know how I got out with my life. It was such a horrific accident that I'm shocked anyone got out with their lives. The meeting turned ugly after Jeff started making accusations. I barely got out with my life.
See also: get, life, out
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get out with one's life

Fig. to survive a serious or life-threatening incident or an accident without dying. We were lucky to get out with our lives.
See also: get, life, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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