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off the hook

Definition of off the hook

  1. 1 informal —used to say a person has avoided trouble or punishment <It looks like you're off the hook.> <He counted on his friends to get him off the hook.> <I wasn't going to let her off the hook so easily.>

  2. 2 of a telephone :  with the receiver not resting in its usual position <They took the phone off the hook so it would not ring.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

hookplay
  1. :  a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling

    :  something intended to attract and ensnare

    :  anchor

  1. :  to form into a hook :  crook

    :  to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook

    :  steal, pilfer


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