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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While the rapper may have been let off easy, the judge did make some changes to his house arrest terms.
Deila is the worst manager in Celtic's history but is still let off easy, certainly in comparison to Derek McInnes.
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.