let\ off


let\ off
v
1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire.

Willie accidentally let off his father's shotgun and made a hole in the wall.

Syn.: go off, let loose(2)
2. To permit to go or escape; excuse from a penalty, a duty, or a promise.

Two boys were caught smoking in school but the principal let them off with a warning.

Mary's mother said that she would let Mary off from drying the supper dishes.

The factory closed for a month in the summer and let the workers off.

Compare: let go
3. or informal let off the hook
To miss a chance to defeat or score against, especially in sports or games.

We almost scored a touchdown in the first play against tech but we let them off the hook by fumbling the ball.

The boxer let his opponent off the hook many times.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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