let off

[let off] {v.} 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire.

Willieaccidentally let off his father's shotgun and made a hole in thewall.

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 caughtsmoking in school but the principal let them off with a warning.

Mary's mother said that she would let Mary off from drying the supperdishes.

The factory closed for a month in the summer and let theworkers off.

Compare: LET GO. 3. or {informal} [let off the hook] Tomiss a chance to defeat or score against, especially in sports orgames.

We almost scored a touchdown in the first play against Techbut we let them off the hook by fumbling the ball.

The boxer lethis opponent off the hook many times.