Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

dodge a bullet

dodge a bullet
Meaning(s)
1) narrowly avoid something negative or dangerous
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • you really dodged a bullet there!
  • Analysis

    The idiom to dodge a bullet means to have managed to avoid injury disaster or a negative situation. To 'dodge' means to move so that you escape something. To dodge a bullet means to avoid a situation that could be potentially harmful or dangerous.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. At first I was so disappointed to miss out on that job, but when I heard that the company went out of business a week later I realized I'd dodged a bullet!
    2. Looking back, I think I managed to dodge a bullet by dropping out of medical school. The hours junior doctors are expected to work these days are crazy!
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I broke up with Karl because he was behaving in a controlling way. I think I dodged a bullet there.
    2. The house I was interested in buying has decreased in value by over 10,000 Euro I really dodged a bullet.
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