Meaning of let off in English:

let off

Translate let off into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1let someone off, let off someonePunish someone lightly or not at all for a misdemeanour or offence.

    ‘he was let off with a caution’
    • ‘He limped over and thanked us for letting him off lightly.’
    • ‘Is there any concern that this is going to be seen as basically letting him off lightly?’
    • ‘It may have been better to discipline him for his repeated misdemeanours rather than let him off.’
    • ‘He has destroyed our lives but he has been let off lightly.’
    • ‘I was beginning to regret letting him off so lightly before.’
    • ‘Never had her father let her off this lightly for something so severe.’
    • ‘To find someone has been let off with meaningless punishments like community service orders and not even banned from keeping animals for life breaks our hearts.’
    • ‘But his brother lets him off without punishment, and Prince John does attain the throne after his brother's death.’
    • ‘He failed a drugs test in 1988, but the result was attributed to ginseng tea, and he was let off without punishment.’
    • ‘The cop let him off without issuing a warning.’
    • ‘In the end she was let off and told not to forget the L-plates in future.’
    • ‘Thanks very much for letting me off with a caution.’
    • ‘A sympathetic judge lets her off with a fine and a reprimand and she goes driving off on a high ready to tilt at windmills once more.’
    pardon, forgive, grant an amnesty to, amnesty
    1. 1.1Excuse someone from a task or obligation.
      ‘the boss let me off early’
      • ‘they let me off from high school to do it’
      • ‘If you come up with an excuse, a doctor's note might let you off.’
      • ‘I just had to make a simple excuse of overwhelming studies, confusion and stress, and I was let off.’
      • ‘The last words addressed to me were ‘I'll let you off tomorrow.’’
      • ‘The Council should let us off for this special occasion during the tournament.’
      • ‘He felt pity for the young man and let him off for the rest of the day.’
      • ‘Her father would regularly let her off school to accompany him on fishing excursions.’
      excuse from, relieve from, exempt from, spare from
  • 2let something off, let off somethingBritish Cause a gun, firework, or bomb to fire or explode.

    ‘Thousands of fireworks were let off in the castle grounds at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of the New Year.’
    • ‘Some people enjoy fireworks but animals don't and can become terrified when fireworks are let off.’
    • ‘When he played Carnegie Hall in 1971 a stink bomb was let off.’
    • ‘Police can also slap £80 on-the-spot fines on anyone letting fireworks off in the street.’
    • ‘Will the idiots who let fireworks off all year ever stop to think of the upset they cause?’
    • ‘Everyone let out a great cheer, and fireworks were let off.’
    • ‘Explosive devices were let off in Paris, and celebrities were threatened with letter-bombs if they didn't contribute to the cause.’
    • ‘Monday's explosion occurred minutes after firecrackers had been let off during a religious ceremony in the area.’
    • ‘Already kids are letting off fireworks and collecting old tyres for their Halloween bonfires.’
    • ‘Do not waste flares or smokes by letting them off when there's no boat in sight - no-one will see them.’
    detonate, discharge, explode, set off, fire off