barely averting disaster.

Lucy 234

Senior Member
Hi all,
Does "barely averting disaster" mean "the disaster happened" or “the disaster didn't happen"?

He would jerk along in a funny walk, then, as his foot cleared the edge of the table, he would rock back, spin, and head off in a new direction, barely averting disaster.
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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    If you avert a danger, you ward it off, prevent it from happening. Here, the word barely implies that the disaster was narrowly, or only just, averted.
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