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    #1

    It might have been worse

    When someone has a car accident and is lucky to escape serious injury, the Bulgarians usually say it is "the little devil", meaning that it could have been much worse than a few bruises and a fright.

    Is there a similar expression in English?

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    #2

    Re: It might have been worse

    You almost wrote it in the thread's title. We say It could have been worse!
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: It might have been worse

    Other idioms for that situation include You had a narrow escape and ​That was a close shave.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: It might have been worse

    Or "That was a close call".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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