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let sb off

phrasal verb with let uk   us   /let/ verb (present participle letting, past tense and past participle let)
B2 to not ​punish someone who has ​committed a ​crime or done something ​wrong, or to not ​punish them ​severely: Instead of a ​prisonsentence they were ​let off with a ​fine. You won't be ​let off so lightly (= you will be ​punished more ​severely) the next ​time.

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