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v. -cued, -cu•ing,
deus ex machina An eleventh-hour deliverer, a last-minute rescuer; any contrived or unlikely means used to resolve a problem or untangle the intricacies of a plot. Literally ‘a god from a machine,’ this expression owes its origin to the ancient literary device of relying on divine intervention in the resolution of a plot. The machine in the phrase refers to a special piece of stage equipment used in ancient Greek theaters to lower actors playing the roles of gods onto the stage.
get [someone] off the hook To rescue a person from a difficult situation, particularly one involving trouble or embarrassment; to exonerate, clear, or vindicate; to absolve of responsibility. This expression refers to the plight of a fish that is hooked by a fisherman. If the fish is able to escape without help, it is by getting off the hook and swimming to freedom. Thus, to get [someone] off the hook is to extricate him from a potentially ruinous predicament.
“It’s an idea,” said Dr. Craig … “It would get Hartley off the hook, sure enough.” (J. Potts, Go, Lovely Rose, 1954)
pull out of a hat See SOLUTION.
pull out of the fire To extricate from danger, to save from destruction; to rescue or salvage; to turn threatened defeat into victory. Used in reference to plans, projects, situations, relationships, etc.—virtually anything that can be in jeopardy—the expression’s derivation is obvious.
saved by the bell Delivered from an undesirable fate by a lucky accident or intervention. The reference is to the bell which signals the end of a round of boxing. At that instant, even if the referee is in the middle of counting out a prostrate fighter, the round is officially over and the count is void, thus giving a losing contestant a reprieve. The expression is used when a doorbell, telephone bell, or other ringing interrupts a potentially unpleasant or embarrassing situation.
Past participle: rescued
|Noun||1.||rescue - recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"|
lifesaving - saving the lives of drowning persons; "he took a course in lifesaving"
reclamation, reformation - rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course; "the reclamation of delinquent children"
salvage - the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
salvage - the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
salvation - saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation; "the salvation of his party was the president's major concern"
search and rescue mission - a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
|Verb||1.||rescue - free from harm or evil|
reprieve - relieve temporarily
|2.||rescue - take forcibly from legal custody; "rescue prisoners"|
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
save leave, lose, abandon, desert, strand, leave behind
the hero of the rescue was → el héroe del rescate or salvamento fue ...
to come/go to sb's rescue → acudir en auxilio de algn, socorrer a algn
to the rescue! → ¡al socorro!
Batman to the rescue! → ¡Batman acude a la llamada!
three men were rescued → se salvaron tres hombres
they waited three days to be rescued → esperaron tres días hasta ser rescatados
to rescue sb from death → salvar a algn de la muerte
the rescued man is in hospital → el hombre rescatado está en el hospital
rescue dig N → excavación f de urgencia
rescue operations NPL → operaciones fpl de salvamento, operaciones fpl de rescate
rescue package N (Pol, Comm) → paquete m de medidas urgentes
rescue party N → equipo m de salvamento, equipo m de rescate
rescue services NPL → servicios mpl de rescate, servicios mpl de salvamento
rescue team N = rescue party rescue vessel N → buque m de salvamento
rescue work N → operación f de salvamento, operación f de rescate
to come to sb's rescue → venir au secours de qn
He came to my rescue → Il est venu à mon secours.
a major air-sea rescue → une opération majeure de sauvetage air-mer
Sixty passengers were rescued → Soixante passagers ont été secourus., Soixante passagers ont été sauvés.
to rescue sb from sth → sauver qn de qch
a mountain rescue team → une équipe de sauvetage en montagne
rescue attempt → opération f de sauvetage rescue party, rescue services, rescue worker