let off

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to let off (third-person singular simple present lets off, present participle letting off, simple past and past participle let off)

  1. (transitive) To cause to explode.
    Stand back when you let off fireworks.
  2. (transitive, 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.