get (one) off the hook

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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?
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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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But Chancellor Philip Hammond has another think coming if he reckons a single green initiative gets him off the hook.
Fearing for her mother's safety, Bethany goes to the police and gets him off the hook.
And it's only because a ref has a bit of a personality that gets him off the hook.
But if you could say that you saw it and that you saw the fact that Boy D didn't do it, then that gets him off the hook.
Then Mackay sees you looking suspiciously at the green holdall and comes up with an alibi that just about gets him off the hook.