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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb let off:
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Definition of the verb let off
What does let off mean as a doing phrase?
- grant exemption or release to
- example: Sam cannot let off Sue
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of let off: excuse / exempt / relieve
- more generic words: absolve / free = let off the hook
- more specific word: frank = exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
Alternative definition of the verb let off
- To cause to explode
- [idiomatic] To forgive and not punish
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for let off
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by Isaac Livingstone Asamoah
Let off: To not punish someone.
Heinemann English Dictionary (2001)
by Martin Manser
let off 1 to ...
Encyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)
it is again let off by a cock into the bucking-copper, heated to a greater degree, and then put on the cloth again. This course is repeated for 6 or 7 hours, and the degree of heat gradually increafed, till, at the last turn or two, it is thrown on boiling ...
Siamese-English Dictionary (2009)
by Edward Michell
to let go, deliver, relin- quish : — Й fj to let off, release <¡)¡£\£l îk ílZV) íplah) fish ц~1 — pickle of ...
by Thomas Sheridan
to permit to take any state or course; To Let blood, is elliptical for To let out blood, to free it from confinement, to suffer it to stream out of the vein; To Let in, to admit; To Let off, to discharge; To Let out, to lease out, to give to hire or farm.
One Main Object of Which, Is, to Establish a Plain and Permanent Standard Pronunciation. : To which is Prefixed a Rhetorical Grammar by Thomas Sheridan
to permit to take any state or courfe ; To Let blood, is elliptical for To let out blood, to free it from confinement, to fuffer it to stream out of the vein ; To Let in, to admit; To Let off, to difcharge; To Let out, to leafe out, to give to hire or farm. - To LET ...
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- Let off steam
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- Let off some steam
Some volcano activity. The sounds it makes are wonderful. Best compared to thunder, but with more crumble.
Photo credit: TheLawleys
- Let Off Some Stream
A few of the crest gates were opened to control the level of water in the lake. This water is typically wasted and not used for Hydro-electric purposes.
Photo credit: Rajib Ghosh
- Bubbly is let off
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