out from under


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out from under (something)

Free from some cause of difficulty, stress, or worry. It took us nearly five years, but we're finally out from under the debt we took on for our wedding. I know you're overloaded with work at the moment, so we're hiring an intern to help you get out from under.
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out from under

Free from difficulties, especially from a burden of debts or work. For example, They've been using credit cards for everything and don't know how they'll get out from under , or We have loads of mail to answer, but we'll soon get out from under. This idiom uses under in the sense of "in a position of subjection." [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

out from under

Informal
Having gotten free of worries or difficulties: Credit counseling helped us get out from under.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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