off the hook

off the hook
adjective
freed from danger or blame or obligation
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I let him off the hook with a mild reprimand

Similar to: ↑safe

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1) informal no longer in difficulty or trouble

I lied to get him off the hook

2) (of a telephone receiver) not on its rest, and so preventing incoming calls

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off the hook
1 informal — used to describe someone who has avoided trouble or punishment;
— usually used with get or let

He counted on his friends to get him off the hook. [=to protect him from trouble or punishment]

I wasn't going to let her off the hook so easily.

2 of a telephone : with the receiver not resting in its usual position

They took the phone off the hook so that it wouldn't ring.

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Main Entry:hook

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off the ˈhook idiom
if you leave or take the telephone off the hook, you take the ↑receiver (= the part that you pick up) off the place where it usually rests, so that nobody can call you
Main entry:hookidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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