take the heat off someone

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

To alleviate pressure on someone. Take the heat off of her—you know she'll pay up eventually.
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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.
See also: heat, off, someone, take