let off


let off
1) PHRASAL VERB If someone in authority lets you off a task or duty, they give you permission not to do it. [mainly BRIT]

[V n P n/-ing] The theatre management kindly let me off a couple of performances to go to Yorkshire...

[V n P n/-ing] I realised that having a new baby lets you off going to boring dinner-parties.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you let someone off, you give them a lighter punishment than they expect or no punishment at all.

[V n P] Because he was a Christian, the judge let him off...

[V n P prep/adv] When police realised who he was, they asked for an autograph and let him off with a warning.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you let off an explosive or a gun, you explode or fire it.

[V P n (not pron)] A resident of his neighbourhood had let off fireworks to celebrate the Revolution. [Also V n P]


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  • let off — index absolve, acquit, acquitted, cast (throw), clear, excuse, palliate (excuse) …   Law dictionary

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  • 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • let-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: let off 1. : an act or instance of letting off spend the rest of his life in gaol, and a damned lucky let off it is for him Ngaio Marsh specifically : neglect of a chance to dismiss or score against an opponent …   Useful english dictionary