An allusion to a fish caught on the hook of a fishing line.
Referring to the candlestick phone, which in order to hang up, the receiver must be hung on a hook. Leaving the receiver off the hook would prevent it from being able to receive calls.
"off-the-hook." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 15 September 2018. <http://www.yourdictionary.com/off-the-hook>.
off-the-hook. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15th, 2018, from http://www.yourdictionary.com/off-the-hook
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