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let (one) off the hook

To pardon, release, or allow one to escape from blame, responsibility, obligation, or difficulty. At first, Sam was suspected of stealing money from the safe, but he was let off the hook 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 the hook so I could go on the big fishing trip with my buddies.
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let someone off the hook

COMMON If you let someone off the hook, you allow them to avoid being punished or blamed for something. We cannot let the government off the hook for what it has done. They resent any hint that he will be let off the hook because of his privileged position. Note: You can also say that you get someone off the hook if you do something to stop them being punished or blamed for something. She had got Tom off the hook. Note: You can also just say that someone is off the hook if they have not been punished or blamed. That way, Charlie would get the money, and she would be off the hook.
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let somebody off the ˈhook

(informal) allow somebody to escape from a difficult situation or punishment: We’ll let you off the hook this time, but if you make any more mistakes like that, you’ll lose your job.There won’t be time for me to read my report to the committee, so that’s let me off the hook.
This expression refers to a fish escaping after it has been caught.
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And Glasgow boss Dave Rennie said: "We let them off the hook too often.
McCarthy said: "I thought we let them off the hook in the 44th minute, and then we let them off the hook again six minutes into the second half."
FORMER Norwich City manager Alex Neil insists 'he fully expects' Newcastle to win automatic promotion, although he admits Huddersfield 'let them off the hook' on Monday.
We did a lot of good things, but one little thing near the end let them off the hook.
We did a lot of good things but one little thing near the end let them off the hook."
However, Mumbai won't let them off the hook so easily if their top order fails again and Harbajhan Singh's men look worth a bet.
At 6-2 and then 82-5, Lytham were decidedly vulnerable but a couple of costly dropped catches let them off the hook and allowed them to charge to a final score of 240-7 off 49 overs.
We let them off the hook, but I'm sure Ireland won't do the same if they are in a similar winning position next Saturday."
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"We let them off the hook. We battered their goal non-stop but it didn't go in and that's sometimes the frustration of football.
'Having got in pole position I thought we looked quite strong at the start of the second half and probably let them off the hook.
He said: 'We should have buried them when it got to 2-0 but we let them off the hook.
He said: "Brawls outside clubs are common but Government incompetence has let them off the hook."
"It should have been at least 10-0, but our inabilty to hit the target let them off the hook. We just did not dominate in front of goal."
If you're the one assigning people to mentor and they balk, let them off the hook. The fallout from neglecting a protege will come out in an exit interview.