This weeks fun phrase is ” Out of the woods”
Meaning: Clear of danger or difficulty.
History: In England it is ” out of the wood,” which is the form in use 200 years ago when Mme. D’Arblay ( Frances Burney ) wrote, in her diary and letters (1792): ” Mr. Windham says we are not yet out of the wood, though we can see a path through it. ” The developing image can be seen in an earlier remark by Henry More in one of his religious tracts (1664):” This wood is so wide , that I may easily lose my self in it then get through it.”