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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And the XX chromosome pair is not getting you off the hook, either.
If caught, pleading ignorance, finding out if you're related, however tenuously, to the upholder of the law or whether you both come from the same village or attended the same school, very often succeeds in getting you off the hook. Failing that, phone someone who can intercede on your behalf.