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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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.