Let’s say you hand in a business project for your boss before the deadline. You hand it in on a Monday when the boss does not need it until Wednesday. You go home and check your email, only to find you have an unread email from your boss stating he absolutely needs it today. You have just accidentally saved your job. If you had not handed it in today you would have been fired. The thought that you barely avoided being fired on an “early-bird whim” fills you with a type of panic, followed by immense relief.
Is there another term or synonym for this kind of feeling besides the expression “to dodge a bullet”?