let (someone) off the hook

(redirected from let him off the hook)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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.
See also: hook, let, off
References in periodicals archive ?
But Labour's feminist campaigner Stella Creasy wouldn't let him off the hook, demanding he utter the dreaded T-word.
But if Bob thinks the thug will now let him off the hook after just one favour, he's delusional.
The Tunisian star asked Tamer to let him off the hook for a couple days, so he could head over to Paris and film scenes for the TV show "Engrenages" as well.
Varela, who fought Scott Quigg in a world title eliminator last year, was crafty and hard to pin down but Dickens refused to let him off the hook.
But the world number four had won both their most recent meetings and did not take long to move ahead today, breaking in the fourth game after his opponent had let him off the hook in the previous game with a woeful miss.
The Boston archdiocese apparently let him off the hook, and focused attention on its beneficence in forcing the child to be enrolled elsewhere.
What they wouldn't do is show their contempt for the public by putting together fundraisers to let him off the hook.
God's apologists always let him off the hook this way - if anything bad happens, it's the wickedness of man.
I let him off the hook at 8-5 and he came back well.
I let him off the hook the last time and he knows it.
There, despite Davies hitting breaks of 50 in each of the opening two frames, Thompson never let him off the hook and forced a deciding frame shoot-out which the Gwent player won to score a 4-3 victory.
He is your husband and part of that deal is being loving and faithful and you are foolish if you let him off the hook on this one.
There is no way Barney, who will have the crowd behind him, will let him off the hook with that kind of finishing.
Mr Cameron is expected to set up an independent commission to quell the row and let him off the hook.
Whether Lieberman's unimpeachable character will be enough to disentangle Al Gore from Clinton fatigue, let alone let him off the hook for his own lesser scandals, remains to be seen.