not out of the woods

not out of the woods

Having improved but not yet completely free from difficulties or danger. (Usually said in regards to someone's health or financial situation.) Her surgery went as well as we could have hoped, but she's not out of the woods yet. We've restructured the organization to help eliminate unnecessary costs; we've made some great improvements over the past three months, but we're still not out of the woods.
See also: not, of, out, wood

not out of the woods

COMMON If someone or something is not out of the woods, they are still having difficulties or are still in danger. The Prime Minister is by no means out of the woods, and must fight to defend his leadership at a crisis Cabinet meeting today. The nation's economy is not out of the woods yet. Note: This may come from the proverb `Don't halloo till you are out of the wood', which is a warning not to celebrate something before you have actually achieved your aim.
See also: not, of, out, wood
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But Boro are not out of the woods yet, having since lost away trips to Charlton and Blackburn, especially as they should have taken at least a point from both games.