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get off easy

To escape serious punishment for a crime or wrongdoing. Mark entered a plea bargain, and he ended up getting off easy. You're only grounded for a week? You got off easy if you ask me.
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Though the city may have gotten off easy this time, having a thorough and organized plan in place is a must for any property manager who is preparing for a temporary shutdown or an onslaught of unfriendly weather conditions.
Florida has always gotten off easy in the snow department, so I would give that state a lot more-except for the part of Florida where I go in February.
The accident in Chengdu was tragic, but Apple may have gotten off easy this time.
The Russians have gotten off easy, their persecution limited to movies like Red Dawn and Gary Shteyngart's novels.
I thought I'd gotten off easy, but that evaluation hurt my career in ways I didn't see coming.
Scout Taylor-Compton thought she'd gotten off easy.
More thoughts, whizzing by as randomly as the passing taxis: Hasn't Robert Novak gotten off easy for divulging the identify of a CIA agent?
Roebuck -- Alvah to the wife and kids -- may have gotten off easy.
The dealers ended up settling a class-action lawsuit for $1 billion, but if that were the only cost they'd faced, they'd have gotten off easy.
Measured against Gramm's past fulminations, Clinton has gotten off easy.