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
: hinder, prevent
: something that impedes : obstruction
: a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed
: to cause to : make
: to offer or grant for rent or lease
: to assign especially after bids
: from a place or position
: away from land
: at a distance in space or time
: 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
: more removed or distant
: to go away : depart
: kill, murder
: office; officer; official
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