off the hook
Meaning: 1. no longer suspected of guilt 2. no longer obliged to do something
- 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.
Paula was a suspect, but she's off the hook now because the bank's ATM camera shows that the thief
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Contributor: Matt Errey