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English definition of “off the hook”

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off the hook

If you leave the phone off the hook, you do not put it back correctly and it will not ring. If you are off the hook, you have escaped from a difficult situation: John's agreed to go to the meeting in my place so that gets/lets me off the hook.
Translations of “off the hook”
in Chinese (Traditional) (電話聽筒)未掛上, 脫離困境,脫身…
in Chinese (Simplified) (电话听筒)未挂上, 脱离困境,脱身…
(Definition of off the hook from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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