off the hook - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    if a telephone is off the hook, the receiver (=the part you speak into) has not been put into its place, and so you cannot receive any calls
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  2. 2
    informal having avoided a duty, an unpleasant situation, or a punishment

    I can’t believe his boss has let him off the hook again.

See also main entry: hook