take the heat off someone

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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take the heat off someone

tv. to relieve the pressure on someone; to free someone from suspicion, responsibility, a deadline, etc. The confession by Rocko took the heat off the cop-shop for a while.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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