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!
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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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off the hook, to get/to be let

To escape from some difficulty. The analogy is to throwing a fish one has caught back into the water, saving its life. The term on the hook goes back to the seventeenth century; the current cliché dates only from the mid-1800s. Anthony Trollope used it (The Small House at Allington, 1864): “Poor Caudle . . . he’s hooked, and he’ll never get himself off the hook again.”
See also: get, let, off, to
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Reyes might have gotten off the hook in Ortega's murder, but his conviction in the graft case should clap him back in jail.
However, what is not hard to predict any longer is that people from various sides of the school-funding debate believe that the court needs to be gotten off the hook, and the Legislature and governor need to come up with a solution that a solid majority can salute.
Under normal circumstances, there was no way any ordinary accused could have gotten off the hook that fast and so easily.