tirer son épingle du jeu

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally: to pull one's pin out of the game, a reference to a 15th century children's game with pins and a ball, similar to mikado

Verb[edit]

tirer son épingle du jeu

  1. (idiomatic) to make it out of (a potentially bad situation) relatively unscathed, to pull out skilfully while the going is still good