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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Oct 2015: Seems to drive his studs into the chest of Liverpool's Martin Skrtel but gets off the hook.
Colin McGregor, Paisley, said: "I don't understand why Levein gets off the hook.
You oughta know something about Alanis Morissette's latest: Her ex-fiance Ryan Reynolds gets off the hook way too easy.
In my opinion, this God gets off the hook far too easily.
With this agreement the litigation goes away so the city gets off the hook,'' said City Councilman John Wozniak.
Mrs Liddell said: "No one gets off the hook where mis-selling of personal pensions may have occurred.
The (separated) players are aware that they minimize the repercussions when they cooperate, but if only one of them cooperates the other player gets off the hook.
Catch phrase: South African consulate ringleader constantly gets off the hook for his criminal activity by invoking ``diplomatic immunity.