Dodged a bullet is an idiom that is been in use for many years. We will examine the meaning of the common idiom dodged a bullet, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.
Dodged a bullet is an idiom that means to avoid something harmful or stressful, to avoid disaster. For instance, someone who steered his way out of a head-on auto collision may be said to have dodged a bullet. The expression dodged a bullet came into use around the turn of the twentieth century in a literal sense; the phrase was often used to describe someone who had avoided being shot during combat or an animal that had evaded being shot by a hunter. The term dodged a bullet took on a figurative meaning by the latter half of the twentieth century. Related phrases are dodge a bullet, dodges a bullet, dodging a bullet.
Seth Rogen Says He “Dodged a Bullet” When Tom Cruise Pitched Him on Scientology (Vanity Fair)
”I feel like we dodged a bullet there when they checked him out yesterday.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
“I think we dodged a bullet,” state Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso said, crediting lower-than-predicted winds and dry, powdery snow with relatively few power outages. (Morristown Green)