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let sb off

verb uk phrasal verb with let   /let/ ( present participle letting, past tense and past participle let) us  
B2 to not punish someone who has committed a crime or done something wrong, or to not punish them severely: Instead of a prison sentence 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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