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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb let off:

exemptrelieveexcuse
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Definition of the verb let off

What does let off mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. 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

verb

  1. To cause to explode
  2. [idiomatic] To forgive and not punish

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for let off

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Google previewDigestive Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2016)

by Isaac Livingstone Asamoah

Let off: To not punish someone.

Google previewHeinemann English Dictionary (2001)

by Martin Manser

let off 1 to ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia 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 ...

Google previewSiamese-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 ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

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.

Google previewA General Dictionary of the English Language (1780)

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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A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect. (Charles Lamb)
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