Jun 13

“So I didn’t get the job. But it turns out Jerry is the head of that department. He’s awful. I really dodged a bullet!” 「結局採用されなかった。でもそこの部長がジェリーだったんだ。彼はひどいから、弾丸を避けた気分だよ。」

偶然悪い状況を回避できたときに「弾丸を避けた」と言います。もう飛んできている弾丸を避けるのは早すぎて不可能です。ですが既に動いていて弾丸が外れたら、わざと避けたように見えます。

If you avoid a very unpleasant situation by coincidence, you can say you dodged a bullet. It’s impossible to move out of the way of a bullet when it is flying at you, because it moves too fast. But if you just happened to be moving already, and the bullet misses you because you were moving, it looks like you dodged the bullet.

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