get (one) off the hook

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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!
See also: get, hook, 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.
See also: get, hook, off, somebody
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off the hook, to get/to be let

To escape from some difficulty. The analogy is to throwing a fish one has caught back into the water, saving its life. The term on the hook goes back to the seventeenth century; the current cliché dates only from the mid-1800s. Anthony Trollope used it (The Small House at Allington, 1864): “Poor Caudle . . . he’s hooked, and he’ll never get himself off the hook again.”
See also: get, let, off, to
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Blaming (yourself or others) allows you to avoid taking a necessary action -- it gets you off the hook from acting responsibly.
Speight played down his 44th-minute penalty that came against the run of play, adding: "As a striker you can have a rough game when things aren't going for you, but a goal gets you off the hook to some extent.
She said: "We should give no time to the idea that just because you are drunk and incapable that gets you off the hook."
So the letter, which was, sort of, intended to deceive, but doesn't directly do so, because there are other intelligence activities, gets you off the hook, but you just put yourself right back on here.
THERE IS NO MAGICAL 78th offense that gets you off the hook and entitles you to be aggrieved.