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let off

1. To allow someone to disembark from a mode of transportation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "off." Hey, let me off! This is my stop! I'll be back to the station after I let off the rest of the passengers at the next stop.
2. To pardon, release, or allow someone to escape from blame, responsibility, obligation, or difficulty. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "off." At first, Sam was suspected of stealing money from the safe, but he was let off after security camera footage showed it was someone else. I was meant to spend the weekend cleaning out the garage, but my wife let me off so I could go on the big fishing trip with my buddies.
3. To release or emit something. I called the repair guy because the furnace suddenly stopped letting off heat last night. We dove for cover when we heard someone suddenly start letting off shots.
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let someone (get) off (something)

to permit someone to disembark, dismount, or leave something. Please move and let me get off the bus. Let her off!
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let someone off (easy)

 and let someone off
to release or dismiss someone without punishment. The judge didn't let me off easy. The judge let off Mary with a warning.
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let something off

to release something; to give something off. The engine let some evil smelling smoke off. The flower let off a wonderful smell.
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let off

1. Release by exploding; see blow off steam.
2. Allow to go free or escape; excuse from punishment. For example, They let her off from attending graduation, or The headmaster let him off with a reprimand. [Early 1800s] Also see off the hook.
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let off

v.
1. To allow someone to disembark from a vehicle: My house is just down the street, but you can let me off at the corner. The bus driver let off the passengers at the terminal.
2. To excuse or pardon someone from something unpleasant, as punishment or work: I'm going to let you off this once, but if I catch you cheating again, you're going to be expelled. The police arrested the leader and let off the rest of the gang with only a warning.
3. To emit something, as heat, gas, or sound: The stove lets off a lot of heat.
4. To detonate or discharge something: The police officer let off a warning shot. We let a firecracker off in the park.
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References in classic literature ?
He must be some one out of the common--some one with a pull, I mean,--or the captain of the Lusitania would never have let him off before the other passengers.
So the blower let him off, and he came down without hurt.
They resolve to punish Mak, but let him off after having tossed him in a blanket until they are tired and he is sore and sorry for himself.
Wright said: "I saw my price and thought I know Michael isn't playing well but I should have beaten him in a floor tournament last weekend and let him off to be honest.
Someone said he was just playing and to let him off the lead.
However he asked the Huddersfield bench yesterday if they could let him off the order on August 4.
What they wouldn't do is show their contempt for the public by putting together fundraisers to let him off the hook.
But I have to let him off because he's a great cook and I'm useless in the kitchen.
Actor Orlando Bloom gave our photographer the finger when he was snapped out and about in New York recently I but weOll let him off, seeing as it had SpongeBob SquarePants on the end of it.
Having thought long and hard about it, we thought 'why let him off now when he is at the top of his game?
He said: "I saw my price and thought, 'I know Michael isn't playing well but I should have beaten him in a floor tournament last weekend and let him off to be honest.
Claire, 65, said: "I could not believe it when he told me - you would have thought they would have let him off with a caution.
If Rose admitted, long ago, that yes, he had bet on baseball, it would have been easy to let him off with a slap on the wrist - banishment from the game for a few years, coupled with treatment for what appears to be a gambling addiction.
Kieran Gaule, who rode the runner-up, had his good whip record taken into account by the stewards when they let him off with a severe caution for using his whip with excessive frequency on the John Joe Walsh-trained six-year-old.