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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!
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 electrician 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

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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The courts always come up with some excuse to let off culprits in rape cases.
Figures released to MPs show in 2004, the latest period for which statistics were compiled, 436 offenders caught in possession of class A drugs were let off with a caution.
Hundreds of north Warwickshire residents have complained about fireworks being let off for weeks before November 5 and often late into the night.
Normally offenders who fail to pay fines or comply with community service orders would face prison, but if warrants are not delivered within a year they are let off.
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The comment suggested he was let off the hook by Tubs, 37, who has been heavily criticised for failing to probe father of three Keating on his affair with dancer Francine Cornell.
THERE was nothing wrong or unprecedented with a Supreme Court bench recently using its discretion to let off a person convicted of gang rape with a lenient punishment.
The move has been made by Kirklees Council, which denies it is being a killjoy, but is concerned at growing numbers of people using the hill to let off fireworks - many of them big commercial ones.
Instead of selling off playing fields, shouldn't we be making sure that all children have somewhere safe to let off steam?
TRESPASSERS who let off fireworks on agricultural land could have serious effects on the health of animals, says a North Wales landowner.
THE GOVERNMENT is set to ban fireworks from being let off late at night following complaints from thousands of Coventry people.
So the City Council spent a couple weeks deciding which class of scofflaws to let off the hook.
TENS of thousands of crooks are being let off the hook because there are not enough court staff to serve arrest warrants.
But Hunter - who could have been struck off - was let off after the panel accepted she had not benefitted as the money "appeared to have been retained by her husband".