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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Brora could only draw 2-2 at home to Inverurie and had to come from 2-0 down, with Martin MacLean's double getting them off the hook.
Instead it was only a yellow and Celtic again had an official's dubious decision to thank for getting them off the hook.
But behind the scenes at the Birmingham conference, the Conservatives were wriggling to find ways of getting them off the hook.
Central defensive pair Thomas Solberg and Derek Whyte, in particular, were at sixes and sevens throughout the match and they will no doubt be toasting Di Rocco for getting them off the hook.
Steve Paterson's Caley side have now gone 13 games unbeaten but they had former Don Wyness to thank for getting them off the hook.
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