let (someone) off the hook

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let (someone) off the hook

To pardon, release, or allow someone to escape from blame, responsibility, obligation, or difficulty. At first, Sam was suspected of stealing money from the safe, but he was let off the hook after security camera footage showed it was someone else. I was meant to spend the weekend cleaning out the garage, but my wife let me off the hook so I could go on the big fishing trip with my buddies.
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Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): Lindsay Lohan's claim that she did not steal the necklace and was loaned to her by the owner of Kamofie and Company in Venice, California, might let her off the hook.
With a godly context, a little "reality therapy", some encouragement, and the firm refusal of both her mother and her teacher to let her off the hook, I believe Shelley learned an important lesson that day.