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Is the idiom "out of the woods" the same as "out of the wood".
I would like to know whether the "s" is essential.
Ahhhhhh, the differences among the many ways of speaking what is all considered to be English!
In AmE, "out of the woods" is also an idiom to indicate that one has survived a dangerous situation.
For example, a doctor might tell the parents of a premature infant: "His lungs have fully expanded and he's breathing on his own, but even though he's out of the woods, we're going to keep him in the Intentisive Care Unit for 24 more hours just to make sure everything is OK."
Another example: Hans had managed to cross into West Germany from the East illegally in early 1989 and lived in fear that he would be discovered and imprisoned. He was finally out of the woods when the Berlin Wall was torn down later that year.
Quish......... the question was regarding the "s" on woods. In AmE, is either acceptable? I understand the meaning of the idiom.
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898. Out of the Wood. “You are not out of the wood yet,” not yet out of danger. “Don’t shout till you are out of the wood,” do not think yourself safe till you are quite clear of the threatened danger. When freebooters were masters of the forests no traveller was safe till he had got clear of their hunting ground.
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