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off the hook

Meaning: 1. no longer suspected of guilt 2. no longer obliged to do something

For example:

  • My boss has admitted that he made the mistake himself, so I'm off the hook.

  • I said I'd teach the class instead of Helen, so that lets her off the hook. She can go home early.

Quick Quiz:

Paula was a suspect, but she's off the hook now because the bank's ATM camera shows that the thief
  1. was a man
  2. was a woman
  3. looked like Paula

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