let off (1)

Meaning: to give someone little or no punishment for doing something wrong

For example:

  • let off I was pulled over for speeding, but luckily I was let off with a warning.

  • let sb off The corrupt politician expected to be let off lightly for taking a bribe, so he was very shocked when the judge sent him to jail.

Quick Quiz:

The judge let Sammy off with a warning because he thought

a. it was a very serious crime

b. it wasn't a serious crime

c. Sammy should go to jail

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