Meaning: out of danger or in the clear
Rewrite 1: out of the thicket
Rewrite 2: out of the weed patchn5
Rewrite 3: clear of the mines
Rewrite 4: in the middle of an angry crowd
Comment: Decide first whether you want to express being out of some kind of danger or in the clear. Although “out of the woods” can express either, other metaphors can’t.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Film Sound Clichés: "Film sound stereotypes and common logic flaws."