Let-off meaning

An escape from punishment.

The accused received a suspended sentence, which many saw as a let-off.

The missed penalty was a massive let-off for the home team.

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(engineering) A device for letting off, releasing, or giving forth, as the warp from the cylinder of a loom.
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To cause to explode.

Stand back when you let off fireworks.

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(idiomatic) 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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