take the heat off

take the heat off (of) (someone or something)

To alleviate pressure on someone. Take the heat off of her—you know she'll pay up eventually.
See also: heat, off, take

take the heat off (of) someone or something

Fig. to relieve the pressure on someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) That really takes the heat off of all of us. The change in the deadline takes the heat off the office staff.
See also: heat, off, take
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Ricksen scored a wonder free- kick to take the heat off the beleaguered McLeish in what was a must-win game for Rangers.