let off

Definition of let off

1 :to allow (someone) to get off a bus, an airplane, etc.
  • Could you let me off (the bus) at the next stop, please?
  • The bus stopped to let off a few passengers.
2 :to allow (someone who has been caught doing something wrong or illegal) to go without being punished
  • The police officer let her off with just a warning.
  • They let him off easy/easily/lightly, if you ask me.
3 :to cause (something) to explode or to be released in a forceful way
  • let off a firecracker
  • opened the valve to let off pressure

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

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

  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to offer or grant for rent or lease

  3. : to assign especially after bids

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

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


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