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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Stuart gets them off the hook by acting as an outsider and giving them a business plan calling for reduced employees and vehicles.
However, the real point about all of this is that the British Government is arguing that they are acting on "military advice" as if this somehow gets them off the hook that a redeployment of this nature is a political decision.
Does this government and the Bush empire think for one moment that a bomb found in Iraq gets them off the hook for going to war?
And don't forget the high numbers of officers deciding that only early retirement gets them off the hooks of hearings into bad conduct.