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get off easy

To escape serious punishment for a crime or wrongdoing. Mark entered a plea bargain, and he ended up getting off easy. You're only grounded for a week? You got off easy if you ask me.
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In the end, the victim in the song gets off easy compared to the listener.
As conspiracy-prone blogger Alan Krumwiede, Law gets off easy with an unsightly snaggletooth pasted to his veneers--not bad when you consider poor Paltrow, stuck on an autopsy slab as a cranial saw screeches offscreen.
Nobody and no institution gets off easy in ``Good Bye, Lenin
In Atwood's world, whether she's aiming at the premier of Ontario or the not-so-nice girls in Cat's Eye, no one gets off easy
Canyon, which finished second in the Foothill League, probably deserved a better fate than having to open against a co-league champion, but this being the playoffs, nobody gets off easy.
In actuality, Worcester gets off easy, so to speak, as evident in the lines, "Down in Bridgeport/The woman will kill you for sport/But in Worcester, Massachusetts/They just love my sauce/The woman in Poughkeepsie/Take their clothes off when they're tipsy/But I hear in Ypsilanti /They don't wear any panties.
For a sports star in the media age, Silver Charm gets off easy.