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let off

vb (tr, mainly adverb)
1. (also preposition) to allow to disembark or leave
2. to explode or fire (a bomb, gun, etc)
3. (also preposition) to excuse from (work or other responsibilities): I'll let you off for a week.
4. to allow to get away without the expected punishment, work, etc
5. to let (accommodation) in portions
6. to release (liquid, air, etc)
7. let off steam See steam6
8. let someone off with to give (a light punishment) to someone
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.let off - grant exemption or release to; "Please excuse me from this class"
frank - exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
absolve, justify, free - let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
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1. To give one's consent to:
Informal: OK.
2. To afford an opportunity for:
3. To neither forbid nor prevent:
4. To give temporary use of in return for payment:
hire (out), lease, rent.
phrasal verb
let down
1. To cause to descend:
2. To cause unhappiness by failing to satisfy the hopes, desires, or expectations of:
phrasal verb
let in
To serve as a means of entrance for:
phrasal verb
let off
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
2. To free from an obligation or duty:
phrasal verb
let out
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
2. To remove (a liquid) by a steady, gradual process:
drain, draw (off), pump, tap.
3. To disclose in a breach of confidence:
Informal: spill.
Archaic: discover.
phrasal verb
let up
1. To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
2. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
3. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
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w>let off

vt sep
(= fire) arrowabschießen; gun, shotabfeuern
(= explode) firework, bombhochgehen lassen
(= emit) vapourvon sich geben; gasesabsondern; smellverbreiten; to let off steam (lit)Dampf ablassen; (fig also)sich abreagieren; to let one off (Brit inf: = break wind) → einen (fahren) lassen (inf)
vt always separate
(= forgive) to let somebody offjdm etw durchgehen lassen; I’ll let you off this timediesmal drücke ich noch ein Auge zu; OK, I’ll let you off, you’re quite rightich will dir mal ausnahmsweise recht geben; to let somebody off somethingjdm etw erlassen; to let somebody off with a warning/finejdn mit einer Verwarnung/Geldstrafe davonkommen lassen; to let somebody off lightlymit jdm glimpflich verfahren; to be let off lightlyglimpflich davonkommen; he’s been let offman hat ihn laufen lassen
(= allow to go)gehen lassen; we were let off earlywir durften früher gehen; I let the dog off (the leash)ich machte den Hund (von der Leine) los
(from car etc) → herauslassen (inf), → aussteigen lassen
vi (inf: = fart) → einen fahren lassen (inf)
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(let) present participle ˈletting: past tense, past participle let verb
1. to allow or permit. She refused to let her children go out in the rain; Let me see your drawing.
2. to cause to. I will let you know how much it costs.
3. used for giving orders or suggestions. If they will not work, let them starve; Let's (= let us) leave right away!
let alone
not to mention; without taking into consideration. There's no room for all the adults, let alone the children.
let (someone or something) alone/be
to leave alone; not to disturb or worry. Why don't you let him be when he's not feeling well!; Do let your father alone.
let down
1. to lower. She let down the blind.
2. to disappoint or fail to help when necessary etc. You must give a film show at the party – you can't let the children down (noun ˈlet-down); She felt he had let her down by not coming to see her perform.
3. to make flat by allowing the air to escape. When he got back to his car, he found that some children had let his tyres down.
4. to make longer. She had to let down the child's skirt.
let fall
to drop. She was so startled she let fall everything she was carrying.
let go (of)
to stop holding (something). Will you let go of my coat!; When he was nearly at the top of the rope he suddenly let go and fell.
let in/out
to allow to come in, go out. Let me in!; I let the dog out.
let in for
to involve (someone) in. I didn't know what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to do that job.
let in on
to allow to share (a secret etc). We'll let her in on our plans.
let off
1. to fire (a gun) or cause (a firework etc) to explode. He let the gun off accidentally.
2. to allow to go without punishment etc. The policeman let him off (with a warning).
let up to become less strong or violent; to stop: I wish the rain would let up (noun ˈlet-up)
let well alone
to allow things to remain as they are, in order not to make them worse.
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References in classic literature ?
Who is it, I said, whom you are refusing to let off?
The last item on the programme was a grand display of fireworks, to be let off exactly at midnight.
The chec and his attendants, though I had given them notice that we were going to let off our guns in honour of the King their master, could not forbear trembling at the fire and noise.
This arrangement offered the advantage, that if gas had to be let off, so as to descend, that which was in the outer balloon would go first; and, were it completely emptied, the smaller one would still remain intact.
But he could not let off peasants who did not pay their rent, nor let them fall into arrears.
She wrung her handkerchief hard in her lap, and let off the name as if she had been letting off a loaded gun:--'Lord Montbarry!'
Abner, let off your rifle, that they may know we ar' coming.
Every consideration of the subject, in short, makes me thankful that my happiness is not more deeply involved.I shall do very well again after a little whileand then, it will be a good thing over; for they say every body is in love once in their lives, and I shall have been let off easily."
Her brother Petya was upstairs too; with the man in attendance on him he was preparing fireworks to let off that night.
He's a beastly coward I think, and he told me once he'd never let off a revolver in his life.
I hope Mirandy'll favor her comin' over to see us real often, for she'll let off some of her steam here, an' the brick house'll be consid'able safer for everybody concerned.
When I wish to rise to the level of the sea, I only let off the water, and empty all the reservoirs if I want the Nautilus to emerge from the tenth part of her total capacity."