let off easy

let somebody off easy

1. to give someone a light punishment Stern let Robbins off easy, suspending him for just three games.
2. to demand less effort from someone She laughed at the suggestion that people are letting her off easy now that she is 81.
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The "artists'' are being let off easy while the property owners are being held responsible for an illegal act they had no part in and must incur the expense of a cleanup or a fine.
Phelps wont be let off easy either, he will be cited for driving with an invalid, out-of-state license.
In that piece, the woman had very movingly poured out her grief and outrage at a justice system she felt had let off easy the murderer of her brother.