take the heat off

take the heat off (of) (someone or something)

To alleviate the pressure placed on someone or something. Take the heat off of her—you know she'll pay up eventually. The government announced financial measures to take the heat off the struggling stock markets.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take the heat off (of) someone or something

Fig. to relieve the pressure on someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) That really takes the heat off of all of us. The change in the deadline takes the heat off the office staff.
See also: heat, off, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ricksen scored a wonder free- kick to take the heat off the beleaguered McLeish in what was a must-win game for Rangers.