let (someone) off the hook

idiom

Definition of let (someone) off the hook

: to allow (someone who has been caught doing something wrong or illegal) to go without being punished
  • If you ask me, they let him off the hook too easily.

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to give opportunity to or fail to prevent

  3. used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

  2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

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

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

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

  2. : something intended to attract and ensnare

  3. : anchor

  1. : to form into a hook : crook

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

  3. : to connect by or as if by a hook


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