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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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But the housekeeper declined to let us off without first looking at a singular piece of furniture, the only piece of furniture in the comfortless place.
This is one of those weeks when the readings won't let us off the hook.
"There's no real excuses for us being bowled out for 85 against Ireland but congratulations to them, they put us under pressure and didn't let us off. It's disappointing that we didn't respond."
Let us off a few pounds at the top of the handicap, or Tiger Roll won't run.
But after two hours they finally agreed to let us off but due to the unscheduled landings at Luton there weren't enough ground staff to deal with the demand which delayed leaving the aircraft even further.
"I don't want to vote against this because I think it's important that we do something," Moody said, adding, "I don't want to let us off the hook by passing an ordinance and then OK, now we feel good.
He's not going to let us off a little bit with anything, he'll keep an eye on us and make sure we're on our toes, and let us know if we slacken off."
"They wouldn't let us off the plane when [we] landed because the poorly people needed medical attention and we needed checking for signs of illness too," one unidentified passenger told (https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/02/plane-passengers-turn-violently-ill-and-pass-out-from-sickness-bug-mid-flight-7906458/) Metro.
He said that the facts that came forth today were seen by all and let us off from the allegations.
"We would all have felt much safer if the driver had just stopped and let us off, rather than continuing the journey."
But after the two hours in the precinct, the police let us off with the chastening counsel to stay off the streets and trouble.
We only chanced upon this cafe as our bus driver told us we have reached our destination, and let us off right in front of its door.
I remember going to quite a few truck stops for some food and they'd just let us off paying as nobody wanted to approach us.