out of the wood


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out of the wood(s)

No longer in danger or dealing with a particular difficulty, though not entirely resolved. (Usually used in the negative.) 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; if our sales stay strong, we should be out of the woods by the fall.
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out of the wood (or woods)

out of danger or difficulty.
A proverbial warning against hallooing before you are out of the wood dates from the late 18th century.
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