dodge a/the bullet

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dodge a/the bullet

chiefly US, informal
: to barely avoid being hit or affected by something harmful
  • The island dodged a bullet when the hurricane turned south.

Word by Word Definitions

dodge play
  1. : an act of evading by sudden bodily movement

  2. : an artful device to evade, deceive, or trick

  3. : expedient

  1. : to move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course

  2. : to make a sudden movement in a new direction (as to evade a blow)

  3. : to evade a responsibility or duty especially by trickery or deceit

bullet play
  1. : a round or elongated missile (as of lead) to be fired from a firearm

  2. : something resembling a bullet (as in curved form)

  3. : a large dot placed in printed matter to call attention to a particular passage


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