let (one) off easy

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let (one) off easy

1. To give one a very mild punishment or rebuke relative to the wrongdoing. Considering he completely destroyed Mr. Smith's hardware store and dang near killed a few people, I'd say they let him off easy with just 3 months in jail. I was expecting her to scream her head off at me, but she let me off easy.
2. To expect or demand less from one. Everyone's been letting her off easy since the accident.
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The premier also said that the important rules of the state of Madina included mercy, fairness, and justice, and saving the weak from oppression but at present, the country's notorious thieves were being let off easy by availing air-conditioned rooms in the jails even after depriving the nation of billions.
Novitzky though, still stood by his earlier statements on Rogan's podcast that the traces in Jones' body would not enhance his performance nor was he being let off easy, adding that Jones was "one of the most, if not the most tested athlete over these last six months."
Deila is the worst manager in Celtic's history but is still let off easy, certainly in comparison to Derek McInnes."
They will not be let off easy. The education board should be held to account." Michelle said her sister had two broken bones in her back and neck and her nephew was in theatre last night.
The "artists'' are being let off easy while the property owners are being held responsible for an illegal act they had no part in and must incur the expense of a cleanup or a fine.
Phelps wont be let off easy either, he will be cited for driving with an invalid, out-of-state license.
That may be true, but on that Sunday, Brin and Page weren't the only ones let off easy.
In that piece, the woman had very movingly poured out her grief and outrage at a justice system she felt had let off easy the murderer of her brother.
Cormier also seemingly hit out at USADA by telling them to never drug test him again, alluding that Jones was let off easy without any real punishment.