get (one) off the hook

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get (one) off the hook

To free one from the responsibility of having to complete some task; to help one to avoid something. Thank you for getting me off the hook for Saturday—I was dreading having to babysit at 6 AM on my day off! Can you please tell mom that you broke the vase and get me off the hook?
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get somebody off the ˈhook

(informal) help somebody to avoid punishment, etc: You’re going to need a very clever lawyer to get you off the hook.
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Speight played down his 44th-minute penalty that came against the run of play, adding: "As a striker you can have a rough game when things aren't going for you, but a goal gets you off the hook to some extent.
She said: "We should give no time to the idea that just because you are drunk and incapable that gets you off the hook.
So the letter, which was, sort of, intended to deceive, but doesn't directly do so, because there are other intelligence activities, gets you off the hook, but you just put yourself right back on here.
THERE IS NO MAGICAL 78th offense that gets you off the hook and entitles you to be aggrieved.
That gets you off the hook, but only at the risk of leaving you with a definition so broad as to be almost meaningless.