let off (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb let off (2).

Meaning: to make something explode

Synonym: explode, detonate

For example:

  • let off sth On New Year's Eve, people around here let off fireworks and bursts of gunfire, so it can get very noisy.

  • let sth off The government soldiers let some tear gas off, and the protesters started running in all directions.

Nouns often used as objects with let off (2): fireworks, firecracker, bomb, grenade, flare, burst of gunfire

Quick Quiz:

When the kids started letting off their fireworks, it was

a. quite peaceful

b. really noisy

c. very sad

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Contributor: Matt Errey