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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.
His "son and heir" Polemarchus has the frankness and impetuousness of youth; he is for detaining Socrates by force in the opening scene, and will not "let him off" on the subject of women and children.
He sounds aggressive but someone said he was just playing and to let him off the lead and see what happens.
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.
According to the boy, the driver let him off since he was not properly buckled.
But now airport bosses have agreed to let him off the PS1,000 fine and have instead asked the 52-year-old to donate the money to charity.
However he asked the Huddersfield bench yesterday if they could let him off the order on August 4.
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.' "We didn't play that well but it was good to get the two points.
BOXER Amir Khan's younger brother hit 62mph in a 30mph zone then asked a police officer to "let him off", a court heard.