Get off the hook - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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get (one) off the hook
To free one from the responsibility of having to complete some task; to help one to avoid something. Thank you for getting me off the hook for Saturday—I was dreading having to babysit at 6 AM on my day off! Can you please tell mom that you broke the vase and get me off the hook?
get somebody off the ˈhook (informal) help somebody to avoid punishment, etc: You’re going to need a very clever lawyer to get you off the hook.
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Paul made pitches to get off the hook
all game long, and that play in right field was huge,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.