get off the hook

get/let somebody off the hook

to allow someone to escape from a difficult situation or to avoid doing something that they do not want to do John's agreed to go to the meeting in my place, so that lets me off the hook.
See fall for hook, line and sinker, ring off the hook, fall for hook, line and sinker, Sling hook!, off the peg
See also: get, hook, off
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Paul made pitches to get off the hook all game long, and that play in right field was huge,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.