let off


let off
a) To cause to explode

Stand back when you let off fireworks.

b) To forgive and not punish

The boss let me off for breaking the office window, when in theory she could have fined me about 30 dollars for the break.


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  • Let-off — (l[e^]t [o^]f ; 115), n. (Mach.) A device for letting off, releasing, or giving forth, as the warp from the cylinder of a loom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • let off — [v] make not subject to punishment or action abandon, absolve, discharge, dispense, drop, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, let go, pardon, privilege from, release, relieve, remove, spare; concepts 50,83,88,317 Ant. blame, incarcerate, punish …   New thesaurus

  • let off — ► let off 1) cause (a gun, firework, or bomb) to fire or explode. 2) refrain from punishing. 3) excuse (someone) from a task or obligation. Main Entry: ↑let …   English terms dictionary

  • let off — index absolve, acquit, acquitted, cast (throw), clear, excuse, palliate (excuse) …   Law dictionary

  • let-off — ► NOUN informal ▪ an instance of unexpectedly escaping or avoiding something …   English terms dictionary

  • let off — verb grant exemption or release to Please excuse me from this class • Syn: ↑excuse, ↑relieve, ↑exempt • Derivationally related forms: ↑excuse (for: ↑excuse) …   Useful english dictionary

  • let off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms let off : present tense I/you/we/they let off he/she/it lets off present participle letting off past tense let off past participle let off 1) let someone off something British to allow someone not to do… …   English dictionary

  • let off — {v.} 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. * /Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall./ 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let off — {v.} 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. * /Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall./ 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 …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let\ off — v 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall. 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 caught… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • let-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: let off 1. : an act or instance of letting off spend the rest of his life in gaol, and a damned lucky let off it is for him Ngaio Marsh specifically : neglect of a chance to dismiss or score against an opponent …   Useful english dictionary