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be home free
To be assured of success because the most difficult part is over. Oh, we're home free now—that was the hardest part of the repair. I'm so relieved that the scans are clean. After months of treatment, I'm finally home free!
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be home freemainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone is home free, they have finished the most difficult part of something and are now certain to achieve victory or success. We said polite words about leaving and I thought I was home free. If Cassie had nothing to do with the crime, she could be home free.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
home free, to be
To succeed without difficulty or obstacles, as in, “With this new spreadsheet, my tax problems are over—I’m home free.” The expression comes from children’s games such as “Kick the Can,” where a player must reach “home” (such as a particular tree) without being tagged (“caught”) by another.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer