Talk Like a Native
Episode 13: “Dodge a Bullet”
Kevin: Hey Christine, what are you looking for?
Christine: I lost the USB drive that my boss gave me. It has the project that we’ve been working on for the last month!
Kevin: I’ll help you look too. When was the last time you saw it?
Christine: I had it this morning when I was getting ready for work.
Kevin: Have you checked the bathroom?
Christine: Why would it be in the bathroom?
Kevin: I usually brush my teeth before I leave the house. Sometimes I leave my phone there and I have to go back for it.
Christine: Oh, that makes sense. I’ve done that before too. Let me go check the bathroom...
Oh, I found it! Thank you Kevin! Thanks to you I really dodged a bullet.
Kevin: Dodged a bullet? Do you work for the FBI or something?
Christine: No! I work for a media company. It was an important proposal for an upcoming business deal. If you hadn’t helped me find my USB, I could have lost my job! To dodge a bullet means to successfully avoid something bad from potentially happening.
Kevin: Oh you mean like how I dodged a bullet when I didn’t eat that chicken at the BBQ last week?
Christine: Hey! I warned them that the meat might have been a little undercooked. It’s not my fault they got food poisoning! Anyways, let’s give our listeners some examples.
- I really dodged a bullet when that meeting where I had to present got cancelled.
- Talk about dodging a bullet! I almost married that jerk who cheated on me.
- We really dodged a bullet leaving before the storm hit! I heard the streets flooded, and everybody was stuck on the mountain until the next morning.
Kevin: I heard that Steve was so sick that he couldn’t even go to work the next day.
Christine: Well, I guess I dodged that bullet too. I was so busy cooking that I didn’t have time to eat the food.
Kevin: Maybe next time you should make sure you focus on cooking the food instead of looking at your phone.
Christine: I thought I saw a Pikachu! Gotta catch’em all!