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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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.