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 instead it was the first half dismissal of Michael Stewart that was the talking point - and how the Jambos hothead owes his young team-mate for getting him off the hook.
The inquiries Blair has instigated have been the means of him escaping his and his Government's responsibilities; often chaired by his Civil Service cronies, letting him set his own terms of reference and getting him off the hook.
Jermain Defoe yesterday revealed how the fiery Italian thanked him for getting him off the hook against Aston Villa and also apologised to his team-mates for missing a crucial penalty.
DEIVIDAS CESNAUSKIS last night thanked his Hearts team-mates for getting him off the hook after his clumsy tackle handed Gretna a lifeline.