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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There are also the things we tell ourselves -- the excuses or "famous last words'' that let us off the hook.
luck at the first went to Birmingham and their failure to take them let us off the hook.
As if selling out the biggest concert ever to be staged in Dubai wasn't enough, the 'Beliebers' just won't let us off the hook," said the COO of Done Events, Thomas Ovesen.
I think they probably feel like they let us off the hook a week ago and they will be coming back looking for us.
We didn't kick well, we didn't chase well and they let us off the hook at some points by dropping the ball.
Porthmadog penned us back in the second half, had their chances but let us off the hook.
Earlier in the season teams let us off the hook when we made mistakes but now we're being punished.
That let us off the hook a little bit, because we should have won the game in regulation time with the lead we had when it was at six or seven points.
Once Lancashire got a sniff they never let us off the hook.
November," he declared -then proceeded the explain how the fallen price of oil doesn't let us off the hook.
The set of objects presented here may not convey happiness--a wire cage remains a wire cage, no matter how seamlessly it has been integrated into surroundings possessing a somewhat hopeful tone--but Hatoum refuses to let us off the hook with something so neat as rage.
We need to be approaching the suppliers but, from their point of view, they won't want to let us off the hook very easily.
Como coach Eugenio Fascetti said: "Roma let us off the hook in the first half and paid the price.
They get us in the summer, then let us off the hook, then get us again at Thanksgiving.