A: How are your legs? Not too tired? This is the final stretch. We’re almost at the top.
B: So do we need to walk up that path? I think I’ll be fine: it looks like a gentle ascent, and there are steps all the way.
A: Appearances can be deceptive. The path gets quite steep further on, and the steps become broken and irregular. We’re not out of the woods yet.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times
B: What does that signpost say? If we take the right fork we will get to a temple in 25 minutes.
A: Nice try. We’re going straight on, to the peak.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei TimeS／台北時報林俐凱譯）
“We’re not out of the woods yet”
This is a metaphorical phrase meaning that we are still in trouble or danger, despite having made some progress in addressing a problem.
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