“We’re not out of the woods yet”

One of my students came across this great expression listening to an  interview with the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Interview by  by Calvin Sims.

(There are a number of remarkable interviews in the “Interviews” section of the Video Library at the NYT.)

the woods:  you can imagine being in the midst of a forest.

not out of the woods = still lost in the midst of that forest.

not out of the woods yet > while we’re still in the woods, we will eventually get out to a clearing.

“On n’est pas sorti de l’auberge!”

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Author: Mark