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Get off the hook

DEFINITION

Evade responsibility. Not have to complete a requisite chore. Receive a lesser penalty or no penalty at all. ‘Hook’ refers to guilt so get off it is to elude conviction.¬† (Compare to Wiggle out, Duck out, Weasel out, Wormed out or Cop out.)

“The teacher wanted me to stay after class and help re-arrange the chairs, but I told him I had to go ball practice, so I got off the hook.”

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