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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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That the reign of God is like a courtroom where we're lucky enough to have Jesus as the lawyer who'll get the divine judge to let us off easy? That's a rough description of one widely held understanding of this reading and a general theory of salvation.
"We must go beyond the admiration and adulation stage." At the late-night ecumenical service, which culminated a day full of emotion, prayer, tears and song, Urioste did not let us off easy. He had all of us examine our consciences and admit to ourselves that most needed conversion in our lives.