One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with negative Out of danger or difficulty.‘we are not out of the woods but we have been thrown a lifeline’
- ‘So I have a feeling that it's not reasonable for us to expect that all of a sudden next week we're out of the woods.’
- ‘Johnville will know as well as anyone that they are not out of the woods as yet, despite their gallant showing in Tramore last week.’
- ‘But the polls show that McConnell is far from being out of the woods.’
- ‘But the club is not out of the woods yet - despite a deal being done to keep the Bantams playing at Valley Parade next season.’
- ‘I think we're just about out of the woods on this whole New Year's thing.’
- ‘Neither he nor his illustrious brother seem out of the woods yet.’
- ‘Observers, however, do not doubt that the company is well down the recovery track - if not quite out of the woods.’
- ‘Authorities are making sure that they emphasize the fact that they're not out of the woods.’
- ‘‘I would just say that we are not out of the woods on that yet either,’ he claimed.’
- ‘Her doctor said, Yes, she's out of the woods, with a quickening and lightening of his voice.’
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