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

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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 (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.
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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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I believe he is now driving around Florida in an open-top car singing 'super Mick McCarthy.' "My latest email is from Thierry Henry, who seems to think I have taken the heat off him as well."
"My latest e-mail is from Thierry Henry who seems to think I have taken the heat off him as well."
The donations row, which should have been a Scottish Labour Party matter, has been allowed to engulf the First Minister because there is no one who could have taken the heat off him. In future John Reid will be able to stand in and do just that.