Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “off the hook”

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More