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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But this Marine isn't going to let you off easy, which is why I'm leaving you with the same thought I first challenged you with in Reno: Think about your DAV legacy.
I'm not going to let you off easy. I will not let you work in the industry, I'm going to beat you up.]"