get somebody off the hook
get (one) off the hook
1. To help one to avoid punishment or culpability for some wrongdoing. He's the best lawyer in the business. If anyone can get you off the hook for murder, he can. Can you please tell Mom that you broke the vase and get me off the hook?
2. To free one from the responsibility of some task; to help one to avoid some obligation or duty. Thank you for getting me off the hook for Saturday—I was dreading having to babysit at 6 AM on my day off!
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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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