let off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylet off
he/she/itlets off
present participleletting off
past tenselet off
past participlelet off
  1. 1
    let someone off something British to allow someone not to do something that they were expecting to have to do

    When we were in port, he let me off work and allowed me to go ashore.

  2. 2
    to give someone little or no punishment for something that they did wrong

    I was pulled over for speeding, but I was let off with a warning.

    let someone off lightly:

    They let her off lightly because she’s only sixteen.

  3. 3
    to allow a passenger to get out of a car or off a bus

    You can let me off at the corner.

  4. 4
    to fire a gun or bullet
     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to make something such as a bomb explode
See also main entry: let