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verbverb lets, verb letting, let

  • 1with object and infinitive Not prevent or forbid; allow.

    ‘my boss let me leave early’
    • ‘you mustn't let yourself get so involved’
    • ‘He doesn't let his busy schedule prevent him from visiting Scotland regularly.’
    • ‘The padding helps prevent soreness and lets you spend more time on the saddle.’
    • ‘But his boss won't let him leave - at least not until he completes one final contract.’
    • ‘He lets Katie boss him around.’
    • ‘They just need to stay out of the way and let you and the boss go to work.’
    • ‘Oliver shows no signs of letting his early health problems hold him back, having played four games for Yorkshire under-11s cricket team already this season.’
    • ‘In March, she let them sneak an early peek at the work in progress.’
    • ‘This book works because it brings together some of the best writers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and lets them speak for themselves.’
    • ‘Stop letting self-consciousness hold you back.’
    • ‘Stop letting your hate consume you and go do something with your lives.’
    • ‘I stopped blaming myself for letting Tom treat me like that.’
    • ‘Rachael decided that she wouldn't let what had happened earlier get to her.’
    • ‘The security people let them pass with hardly a glance at their documentation.’
    • ‘Two of the group's leaders are county-standard archers and the facility will let them pass on their skills.’
    • ‘We can't let a short term political imperative override long term economic factors.’
    • ‘So, if your child has expressed interest in gardening, let them help you.’
    • ‘It's our job to formulate a clear question and let the people decide.’
    • ‘They provided us with tea and biscuits and let us wait in the day room.’
    • ‘I was terribly disappointed that they didn't let me take it into the hospital with me.’
    • ‘As with everything else in the investment world, don't let greed and the desire for a quick buck overrule common sense.’
    allow, permit, give permission to, give leave to, authorize, sanction, grant, grant the right to, warrant, license, empower, enable, entitle
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Allow to pass in a particular direction.
      ‘could you let the dog out?’
      • ‘the tiny window let in hardly any light’
      • ‘I had to wake up my roommate to let me in’
      • ‘about 50 people were let into the hearing’
      • ‘Torches lined the stairs, and an occasional stained-glass window let in some light.’
      • ‘They let heat in but prevent it from getting out.’
      • ‘The following morning I'm woken up nice and early by the builders letting themselves in to the apartment.’
      • ‘The pores also let water out while allowing in chemicals that help block decay.’
      • ‘We sat in our car until just before 4pm when the traffic moved temporarily and someone let us in to the queue.’
      • ‘They let me through, I got on the bus to the plane, climbed on the plane and they shut the door behind me.’
      • ‘I looked older than most teenagers and the doorman let me through without any hassle.’
      • ‘On June 22, the woman was sitting in a chair when they appeared at her living room door, having let themselves in by the back door.’
      • ‘When they reached her room, Ryder let Harry and Corrie in, Harry setting the boxes down on the coffee table.’
      • ‘The court heard the driver of the Volvo pulled out after a van stopped to let him across the road.’
      • ‘He bicycled to the winery and opened up the doors to let in the softer morning air.’
      • ‘His wife refused to let him in to the house.’
      • ‘A bogus caller was stopped in his tracks by a brave elderly woman who refused to let him in.’
      • ‘She opens the front door to let the cat in and the lock falls off in her hand.’
      • ‘So to help my trousers dry a little, I opened a window a couple of inches to let a bit of a breeze in.’
      • ‘He was going to let in his friend at the front door so they could visit another resident.’
      • ‘Until then, most politicians were fearful of letting journalists into their smoke-filled rooms or on their campaign trains.’
      • ‘An eighty year old pensioner was tricked into letting a man into her home after he claimed he worked for the council and needed to measure her property last week.’
      • ‘I took a deep breath, letting it out with a shuddering sigh.’
      • ‘An original sash window overlooking the front garden lets in plenty of light.’
      allow to go, permit to pass
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  • 2with object and infinitive Used in the imperative to formulate various expressions.

    allow, permit, give permission to, give leave to, authorize, sanction, grant, grant the right to, warrant, license, empower, enable, entitle
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    1. 2.1let us or let'sUsed as a polite way of making or responding to a suggestion, giving an instruction, or introducing a remark.
      ‘let's have a drink’
      • ‘“Shall we go?” “Yes, let's.”’
      • ‘Also let's not forget the traffic lights on the Salisbury road also creating major tailbacks.’
      • ‘This, let's not forget, is the man who only this week pretended to cut off part of his ear in a press conference.’
      • ‘Finally, let's not forget that Bermuda is only one mile wide and surrounded by water.’
      • ‘If you ask me, let us forget two issues for the time being, one being money and the second being the name.’
      • ‘No doubt our political enemies will think they have got a scalp, but let us not forget that there is a human element to this.’
      • ‘Well, let us explore that, because it is quite an important suggestion which may or may not work.’
      • ‘To illustrate, let us review some of the policies introduced in this chapter.’
      • ‘Let the debate run, but as it does, let us have some truth and owning up to responsibility.’
      • ‘Yes, we do need democracy in Africa, but let us not use that as an excuse to deny life saving resources.’
      • ‘Before we scoff, let us consider the power of the celebrity for a moment.’
      • ‘There is, let us remember, another occasion when we can give thanks and pay our respects to all lost loved ones.’
      • ‘But let us not think that the men of the family are the only ones to be interested in horses.’
      • ‘Well done to one and all, and let us hope that this occasion will be repeated many times in the future.’
      • ‘In the name of my nephew, and all the other victims of this environment of fear, let us try to find common ground as a nation.’
      • ‘That is a very important point, but let us put it aside and consider the merits of the direction.’
      • ‘To enlarge on that point, let us suppose that we put a thousand liberal-arts graduates in a theatre.’
      • ‘If we are to talk of unity, let us talk of uniting people and not just territory.’
      • ‘That is the plan for the day - let us see how close to plan it actually goes.’
      • ‘Please let us all strengthen the values of high moral standards, decency and caring before it is too late.’
      • ‘Anyway, let's not live in the past - onward to the future.’
    2. 2.2let me or let usUsed to make a polite offer of help.
      ‘“Here, let me,” offered Bruce’
      • ‘If you must continue with this project, then please let me help with the images.’
      • ‘Here, let me do your bow tie.’
      • ‘‘Here, let me,’ Emily said, coming to her aid.’
      • ‘You have plenty to do tonight. You have to get packed and such. Please, let me.’
    3. 2.3Used to express one's strong desire for something to happen or be the case.
      ‘“Dear God,” Jessica prayed, “let him be all right.”’
      • ‘Let him soothe me, let him calm me, let his strong arms encircle me and protect me.’
      • ‘Every day we wake up, we pray please let today be the day we have the answers.’
      • ‘Every match I play, I still think ‘Oh my God, please let it end.’’
      • ‘Please don't let them be right.’
      • ‘Just let him be safe, he thought. That’s all I ask.’
    4. 2.4Used as a way of expressing defiance or challenge.
      ‘if he wants to walk out, well let him!’
      • ‘If they want a challenge, let them clean up the damage they have caused.’
      • ‘If some want to mount an eleventh-hour challenge, let them come out in the open.’
      • ‘However I was aware that we lived in a world where I can make up my own mind, so if I want to smoke then let me.’
      • ‘These parliamentarians who are against me, just let them try and take my statues or my park.’
      • ‘If he can do it better, let him!’
      • ‘If they want to have a genuinely scientific theory, let them propose a model that can be rigorously tested.’
    5. 2.5Used to express an assumption upon which a theory or calculation is to be based.
      ‘let A and B stand for X and Y respectively’
      • ‘Let x be the observed value of this statistic.’
      • ‘Let L be the earth's equator and let x be a point in the northern hemisphere.’
      • ‘Let the line equal to line AG be AD, and let DG be joined.’
  • 3mainly British with object Allow someone to have the use of (a room or property) in return for regular payments; rent.

    ‘they've let out their apartment’
    • ‘homeowners will be able to let rooms to lodgers without having to pay tax’
    • ‘Letters have been sent to solicitors and letting agents after police found people are letting properties for themselves then sub-letting them to prostitutes.’
    • ‘The council also wants to start targeting private landlords in a bid to encourage them to consider letting their properties to people receiving housing benefit.’
    • ‘She will take charge of letting the property in the future.’
    • ‘The event is aimed primarily at owners of empty properties in the private sector and visitors can get free advice on a range of topics linked to letting property.’
    • ‘Mr Bennett's business is mainly letting property to students.’
    • ‘Almost all private landlords will only let properties on a shorthold tenancy, in order to protect their investment.’
    • ‘Income from letting French property must be declared to the French tax authorities by April 30 each year.’
    • ‘She and the children want to move into our rather small house and let her property, thereby providing an income.’
    • ‘Under the government's Rent a Room scheme, you can earn up to £4,250 tax free each tax year from letting a room in your home.’
    • ‘It is as well to check the conditions of your mortgage before letting the property.’
    • ‘The government says such protection is no longer appropriate and discourages investors from letting properties.’
    • ‘The administration might even be letting rooms in the villages for the fall term.’
    • ‘If re-housed, these applicants could sell their property for a profit or let the property and receive a rental income from it.’
    • ‘Sisson said that professional letting agents will meet with potential tenants prior to letting the property.’
    • ‘Essex County Council lets the site for a peppercorn rent.’
    • ‘Even if your particular room has been let it is usually possible to stay in one of the others that is free.’
    • ‘Since then he has purchased another three houses that he lets out to tenants.’
    • ‘Does a landlord, however, control premises which are let out to tenants?’
    • ‘When one frees up the house - it is let to a public tenant.’
    • ‘All of the sites are currently let to strong tenants and are being sold by private treaty.’
    rent out, rent, lease, hire, hire out, loan, give on loan, sublet, sublease, farm out, contract, charge for the use of
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    1. 3.1Award (a contract for a particular project) to an applicant.
      ‘preliminary contracts were let and tunneling work started’
      • ‘The firm will be responsible for training staff and letting the operating contract and will give advice on waste systems engineering, policy and planning.’
      • ‘The Government let the contract to an English firm.’
      • ‘The changes and delays in fund-raising and letting contracts pushed the opening to this summer.’
      • ‘A contract was let for 25 buildings across the state in a first round of construction.’
      • ‘I let contracts for the manufacture of parts, assembled the sets in my apartment, and sold them however I could.’
      • ‘These were then packaged into the contracts that would be let to the section design consultants.’
      • ‘Construction contracts are to be let next year and the hub completed by the end of 2007.’
      • ‘In 1957 a contract was let to link the two sections and build a road from Closeburn Station to White Point.’
      • ‘A contract was let unfairly and we contested it in front of a Federal judge.’
      • ‘A contract has been let to Signway Supplies Ltd to replace 142 signs in and around the city.’
      • ‘Since letting that contract, the campus has used the method on four other retrofits with a combined value of $75 million.’
      • ‘Contracts were let for making bricks, burning lime and additional miners employed.’
      • ‘The construction work was let under two building contracts.’
      • ‘The decision means tenders will now be let for the project, with work expected to begin in late February.’
      • ‘They claim that the feed quality has changed since the contract was let.’



/let/ /lɛt/


  • 1British A period during which a room or property is rented.

    • ‘I've taken a month's let on the flat’
    1. 1.1A property available for rent.
      • ‘an unfurnished let’



/let/ /lɛt/


    let alone
    • Used to indicate that something is far less likely, possible, or suitable than something else already mentioned.

      ‘he was incapable of leading a bowling team, let alone a country’
      • ‘I don't want to share the same room with her and the hounds, let alone a mortgage.’
      • ‘Who on earth would be prepared, let alone equipped to take on such a challenge?’
      • ‘At the time he had no idea how to start a business, let alone find the financial backing to realise his dream.’
      • ‘After a long search he came to the conclusion that he cannot afford to rent a home in Epsom, let alone buy one.’
      • ‘There was a chance that he might not be able to breathe for himself or swallow, let alone walk or talk again.’
      • ‘There is barely enough demand in Scotland to keep one film studio in business, let alone two.’
      • ‘It gets so crowded here in high summer that there's often no room to sit down, let alone lay out a towel.’
      • ‘He has the unenviable task of promoting a product that few want to think about, let alone buy.’
      • ‘He is suffering from a ghastly disease for which there is no treatment, let alone a cure.’
      • ‘In Scotland we can have a range of weather conditions in one hour, let alone one day.’
    let fall
    • Draw (a perpendicular) from an outside point to a line.

      ‘On the tangent PR produced let fall the perpendicular SY.’
      • ‘Let ABC be any triangle, and the angle at B one of its acute angles, and upon BC, one of the sides containing it, let fall the perpendicular.’
      • ‘Their effects must be estimated by the length of perpendiculars let fall upon the lines of direction in a similar manner.’
    let fly
    • Attack, either physically or verbally.

      ‘the troops let fly with tear gas’
      • ‘Well, I verbally let fly, causing Daddy to come in and, thankfully, and fairly, he stuck up for me.’
      • ‘A furious Hayden let fly verbally at Jones, who had raised his hand in apology.’
      • ‘Handfuls of stones were loaded into our respective weapons, and as the first bird flew over, we let fly.’
      • ‘The man took the piece of rock he was given, whirled it in his sling, and let fly.’
      • ‘It's written from the point of view of boisterous, bolshie Gemma; who when she learns Alice's parents are taking her away to Scotland, lets fly at Alice's mum Karen.’
      • ‘Once she has lured the audience into misjudging just how innocent she really is, she lets fly with more voracious comments.’
      • ‘But he was only saving that for later in the speech - the fourth quarter, as it were - and then he let fly.’
      • ‘The details are still blurry, but it seems that a couple of boar hunters let fly at the wolf for no particular reason except his wolfhood.’
      • ‘The biggest reception, indeed a rapturous one, greeted the next speaker, who well and truly let fly.’
      • ‘Today, he let fly at the Air Traffic Controllers' Association, saying they're overstating the danger.’
    let me see
    • Used when one is trying to remember something or considering one's next words.

      ‘now let me see, where did I put it?’
      • ‘Okay, there must be something good I can mention… let me think… oh yeah, Jackson and I spent a lot of time today building Lego marble runs under the roar of the air conditioning and that was fun.’
      • ‘What seemed like an impulsive, friendly thing to do at one moment became, in the space of - oh, let me think, about ten seconds - the worst, most inappropriate and downright clumsy action ever.’
      • ‘You first came here, into our parts - let me think - when was it?’
      • ‘For that reason, I haven't gone to visit my blood family on Thanksgiving for, let me think - at least seven years.’
      • ‘He is going to be electronically monitored for - let me think - for one year.’
      • ‘Of course, it may just be paranoia on my part, but I prefer to call it - er, let me think - interconnectedness.’
      • ‘Um, how to explain this without encouraging the wrong sort of search engine referrals… let me think.’
      • ‘Yesterday… now let me think, oh yes, I recall now though it seems some time ago.’
      • ‘Um. Well let me think… I was wearing… oh, that stupid frilly dress that my father used to make me wear on special occasions.’
      • ‘‘Yes, I could see that could be a problem,’ Isabella admitted. ‘Hm, let me think.’’
    let me tell you
    • Used to emphasize a statement.

      ‘let me tell you, I was very scared!’
      • ‘I have freed myself from its grasp - and let me tell you, it feels good.’
      • ‘They seem to really understand customer service over here, let me tell you.’
      • ‘But let me tell you, when work is needed, they know how to work hard.’
      • ‘Well, let me tell you, if I lose this contract after all the work that I'm having to do, then they will be making a mistake.’
      • ‘I have seen it in advance, and let me tell you, it's one of the great war movies ever made.’
      • ‘We had to drive all the way back to Montreal, and let me tell you, that was the most silent trip anyone has ever been on.’
      • ‘I've been in hibernation for a while, and let me tell you, deep sleep is refreshing.’
      • ‘Our first album is coming out soon, and let me tell you, that one is going to be really different.’
      • ‘It'll be nice to have some time off from the work environment though, let me tell you!’
      • ‘There's no better way to capture an idea than to get it down on paper, let me tell you.’
    let oneself go
    • 1Act in an unrestrained or uninhibited way.

      ‘you need to unwind and let yourself go’
      • ‘Carl made her feel so good, so relaxed that she let herself go completely, losing herself in the moment.’
      • ‘Decadence is selfish - it means letting yourself go and not caring about others, not caring about tomorrow so you do whatever you want today.’
      • ‘The government seems uncomfortable about these ‘drink-fuelled scenes’, fearful of rowdy crowds of people letting themselves go.’
      • ‘Almost a quarter of men in London admitted completely letting themselves go and sobbing or bawling in the past month.’
      • ‘‘I think I am just not afraid of letting myself go in front of the children; whatever it takes, I will do it to make them learn,’ said Gemma.’
      • ‘Some men can't handle a woman who really lets herself go.’
      • ‘The size of the audience at the event was ideal, as there was generally sufficient space on the dance floor to let yourself go, and plenty of places to sit if you needed to take a break.’
      • ‘By the end of the show there's not a person in the audience who hasn't just thought, ‘What the hell,’ and let themselves go.’
      • ‘I wish that everyone would let themselves go once in a while.’
      • ‘It is so good to be able to go out at night and let myself go.’
    • 2Become careless or untidy in one's habits or appearance.

      ‘he's really let himself go since my mother died’
      • ‘He has let himself go, no longer caring about his appearance, or able to get up in the mornings.’
      • ‘You have to wait until you get married before you start letting yourself go.’
      • ‘Let's speak plainly here, David, it looks as if you've been letting yourself go.’
      • ‘But when he told me I was letting myself go because I wore a size 8, it stung so much I thought I might collapse with the weight of it.’
      • ‘His condition before the fight in New York did not indicate a man building up muscular mass so much as a boxer letting himself go.’
      • ‘Just because you get married and have children it does not mean you have to let yourself go.’
      • ‘Even though a well-chosen wardrobe can help make the most of your shape, you will never look your best if you have totally let yourself go.’
      • ‘They find a guy and make an effort when they go on a date, and then once they get comfy with him and have kids they let themselves go.’
      • ‘No wonder most of us meet a guy our own age, settle down and let ourselves go.’
      • ‘After the disappointment of the Olympic trial I really let myself go, and my health went downhill very quickly.’’
    let someone down gently
    • Seek to give someone bad news in a way that avoids causing them too much distress.

      ‘she was content for him to take his time and let Celeste down gently’
      • ‘His editor let him down gently and swiftly changed the subject.’
      • ‘Is there a good way to let someone down gently when you're not interested?’
      • ‘I think he was trying to let me down gently.’
      • ‘Sophie called and let me down gently but I still wanted to scratch out her eyes.’
      • ‘Rather than letting Nicole down gently, it would only serve to raise her hopes even higher.’
      • ‘All the director can do is let you down gently, which he does.’
      • ‘Sure, he's broken a bunch of hearts, but he's always let them down gently.’
      • ‘She told me it would never happen between us, and she didn't let me down gently.’
      • ‘I had let him down gently and quietly so that the word wouldn't get to George.’
      • ‘I didn't want anyone to get hurt, so I tried to let her down gently.’
    let someone have it
    • Attack someone physically or verbally.

      • ‘I really let him have it for worrying me so much’
      • ‘The fighter draws a slug from a water bottle, swishes it round his mouth, fixes the kid with a grin and lets him have it, right between the eyes.’
      • ‘So he's going to hold back the wrath until he gets tired and then he's just gonna let us have it?’
      • ‘They rang him up for an interview - and before they could put the phone down he let them have it with both barrels.’
      • ‘Go to the polls in a white hot rage and let them have it where it hurts.’
      • ‘Excellent ministers, who have helped improve this country greatly over the past seven years, let me have it with both barrels.’
      • ‘My amazement was strong enough to prompt me to exclaim to the woman sitting next to me, ‘Wow, they've really let him have it!’’
      • ‘So I turned to this man, my boss, and let him have it.’
      • ‘She let him have it about his life of heavy drug use and womanizing.’
      • ‘I have been here before, so when his hand goes behind his back, I let him have it with several direct hits.’
      • ‘The men stand ready for him behind the door with a rolling pin, and when he gets home, they let him have it.’
    let someone know
    • Inform someone.

      ‘let me know what you think of him’
      • ‘‘Communities must keep letting us know about problems if we are to stand a chance of beating this,’ he said.’
      • ‘Keep letting us know how you feel about our performance and our responsiveness to you.’
      • ‘If you have your own property website then please let us know and we can mention it in the coming weeks.’
      • ‘I couldn't tell if the remark was a question or if he was just letting me know he was informed.’
      • ‘Please let us know if you wish to be kept informed of events at the orchard.’
      • ‘Thank you for letting me know in advance this question was coming.’
      • ‘The British Arts Council funds his mostly poetry press at a level of $150,000 per year and lets him know in advance what his funding level will be.’
      • ‘We still need members of the public to come forward and help us by letting us know who is committing the burglaries and who is storing the items.’
      • ‘I should preface this by letting you know that my partner is American and that many of the people who support this project are too.’
      • ‘Talk to her in a mature and calm manner, and ask why she's reading and deleting your e-mail without letting you know.’
    let someone or something be
    • Stop interfering with someone or something.

      ‘let him be—he knows what he wants’
      • ‘He stopped frozen and let me be, which was the best choice he could have made.’
      • ‘Irritated, she turned to me at a noisy high school basketball game, complaining that I should let things be, stop applying words to our friends, stop seeking motives and positing consequences.’
      • ‘Nobody likes a control freak, so stop being a bossyboots and let things be.’
      • ‘That includes recognizing without anxiety the sources of your tension and letting them be.’
      • ‘She has a wonderful acceptance of the world, of letting things be.’
      • ‘Not everybody is content with letting things be.’
    let someone or something go
    • 1Allow someone or something to escape or go free.

      ‘they let the hostages go’
      • ‘They let the dogs go, allowing them to go after my parents.’
      • ‘He produced a knife and forced her to remove her underwear, but when she repeatedly asked to be freed he panicked and let her go.’
      • ‘The woman pleaded with the man to let her go, and eventually escaped after kicking him in the groin.’
      • ‘A hostage heard the gunmen shouting that they would release their captives if the security forces let them go.’
      • ‘‘Whoever has him, please let him go and send him home to me,’ she said at the weekend.’
      • ‘Scream help or fire, or anything that comes to mind until they let you go.’
      • ‘It only took me seven hours to talk the doctors into letting me go, and then they discharged me only when I threatened them with a lawsuit.’
      • ‘Though agents say they are sure illegal aliens or drugs were here perhaps minutes earlier, there is nothing now, so they must let the men go.’
      • ‘The gunman let Smith go and surrendered to the police around noon.’
      • ‘After a trained release coordinator lets the birds go, they immediately fly back to the place where they're kept.’
      1. 1.1 euphemistic Dismiss an employee.
        ‘I was upset about letting him go, but he assured me he'd easily get another job’
        • ‘About 24 of the 100 employees at CBS Internet were let go in June.’
        • ‘On your side is the fact that, in most sectors, employers are increasingly realising that it's cheaper and more efficient to hold on to skilled people rather than let them go and train new employees.’
        • ‘He would hire employees, let them go when receivables dipped - and then hastily hire them back when the work flowed in again.’
        • ‘The only protection people need in a tight labour market with skills shortages is to be so adaptable, trained and valuable that no employer would dare let them go or treat them badly.’
        • ‘If an employee cannot fulfil his duties, the company can let him go even if the injury was due to factors outside the employee's control.’
        • ‘If a crew member wants to leave, it's usually better to let him go instead of hanging on to a disgruntled employee.’
        • ‘Twenty workers still remained at the plant in the employ of the liquidator and it was unlikely they would be let go until after Christmas.’
        • ‘And as Neil's report shows, you were not let go on good terms - you were fired.’
        • ‘In the free market, people are let go because changes in productivity or markets have made it uneconomical for their company to employ them.’
        • ‘If you can't systematically advance on merit within business and the military, they let you go rather than allow you to sit and deteriorate in the same job.’
    • 2

      (also let go, let go of)
      Relinquish one's grip on someone or something.

      ‘Adam let go of the reins’
      • ‘you must let the past go’
      • ‘William refused to let her go as his grip around her tightened.’
      • ‘She shivered slightly as his fingers gently gripped hers then slowly let go.’
      • ‘I let out a yell and tried to twist out of his grip, he let go and I fell with a thump.’
      • ‘On another occasion a traumatised child - a victim of shelling in the stunningly beautiful Neelam valley - lay on a bed in a military hospital and gripped my hand and would not let it go.’
      • ‘She smiled to herself and loosed her grip on his arm, but she did not let it go.’
      • ‘Finally we made it to my locker and she reluctantly let go of my arm.’
      • ‘Blushing, Vicki reluctantly let go of his hand.’
      • ‘The dog Louis pulled on his leash at the sound of horses, and I let it go, allowing him to run ahead.’
      • ‘‘I love you too, baby,’ she said as she reluctantly let me go, allowing me to turn to my dad.’
      • ‘He let her go, half throwing her back against the sacks.’
    let someone or something loose
    • 1Release someone or something.

      ‘let the dog loose for a minute’
      • ‘However, at least two dogs were let loose by spectators.’
      • ‘He also claimed any person walking a dog of a hunting breed in an area where there were known to be wild mammals could be open to prosecution if they let the dog loose.’
      • ‘In this competition, dogs are let loose to chase a jack rabbit over desert terrain.’
      • ‘He stressed he was not criticising people who lived in the country but newcomers and visitors from urban areas, who kept their dogs cooped up and then thought they could let them loose as soon as they were in the countryside.’
      • ‘When I lived more in the country, dogs were kept up and cats were let loose.’
      • ‘I'm not sure letting your four-month-old puppy loose in your average city dog park is that great an idea.’
      • ‘To add to the general excitement, a couple of tigers were let loose on the racetrack to be hunted!’
      • ‘Also, when animal shelters don't take every animal brought to the door, the risk is that it will be let loose on the street and perhaps be hit by a car, poisoned, tortured or maimed.’
      • ‘The infuriated chief took a photo of the scene as the illegal aliens were let loose and sent me a copy.’
      • ‘On Saturday afternoon power boats were let loose from their moorings and on Sunday vandals did the same to canoes.’
      1. 1.1let someone loose onAllow someone freedom of action in a particular place or situation.
        ‘people are only let loose on the system once they have received sufficient training’
        • ‘And for the last 200 years they have been let loose on humanity to perpetuate the worst kind of injustices.’
        • ‘Nowadays professional caddies at the world's leading courses undergo strenuous training and have to prove themselves to their caddie-masters before they are let loose on the paying public.’
        • ‘The staff spend an average of six months concentrating on backroom duties and learning the basics before they are let loose on the company's clients.’
        • ‘Something did need to be done, so the road planning idiots were let loose on this project, a department that I don't think has half a brain between them.’
        • ‘While their menfolk were at the convention, these elderly candy-floss haired ladies were let loose on Manhattan.’
        • ‘The first two years of study are similar to that of any other health care practitioner and thousands of hours of clinical practice are required before the student is let loose on the public.’
        • ‘Long before any filmmaker is let loose on complicated things like working out which lens is best for what shot, they first have to enter the mind-boggling minefield of film financing.’
        • ‘They have been let loose on the BBC archive to select their choice of rare recordings.’
        • ‘I really had a taste for racing by the time I was let loose on my final track challenge in a single-seat race car.’
        • ‘Before you can drive, you need to take a test for a licence, which gives you and others on the road the confidence that you have gained all skills and aptitudes required to let you loose on the road.’
      2. 1.2Suddenly utter a sound or remark.
        ‘he let loose a stream of abuse’
        • ‘Stunned, the CEO let loose a stream of expletives and walked out.’
        • ‘She stiffened and then let loose a stream of abuse in a South Yorkshire accent.’
        • ‘In one Michigan case, a man who let loose a stream of curses after falling out of a canoe in 1999 was convicted of violating a law against cursing in front of women and children.’
        • ‘Once out in the narrow hall I let loose a cry of frustration.’
        • ‘Ducking his head, he rushes the door, letting loose a yell as he throws his body against it.’
    let something drop
    • Casually reveal a piece of information.

      ‘from the things he let drop I think there was a woman in his life’
      • ‘After the cop had stopped the attractive and self-assured woman for speeding, she let it drop that her father was himself an officer, recently retired.’
      • ‘The other day, while talking to a group of women at a public function, she let it drop that she had visited the Chief Minister.’
      • ‘Some time ago, he let it fall that he thought the novel no longer had any life in it.’
      • ‘Some things he let drop during our conversation last night lead me to believe that his arm might be painful to him this morning.’
      • ‘From what I could gather from hints she let fall, she had been pushed down a staircase by her husband some years back.’
    • Say or do no more about a matter.

    let something go
    • Choose not to react to an action or remark.

      • ‘the decision worried us, but we let it go’
    let's be honest
    • Used to convey that one must be realistic about an unwelcome fact or situation.

      • ‘let's be honest, your taste in men is famously bad’
    let's face it
    • Used to convey that one must be realistic about an unwelcome fact or situation.

      • ‘let's face it, moving to a new place is never easy’
      • ‘But let's be honest here: athletes must think about their associations before acting ridiculously.’
      • ‘He is a guy who, let's face it, did not have to take a lie detector test at all.’
      • ‘Anyway, let's face it, we all know that cigarettes are bad for your health.’
      • ‘Well, let's face it, she's a lot better looking than some of the football experts on our British television screens.’
      • ‘I'm not going to put in any spoilers although - let's face it - we all know what's going to happen.’
      • ‘And let's face it, when you've had as many birthdays as she's had, they don't mean so much anyway.’
      • ‘I believe in public servants being rewarded for the jobs they do because, let's face it, it's work no one else wants.’
      • ‘They are the sort of people we should be listening to because, let's face it, their opinions matter.’
      • ‘And let's face it, I'm never likely to produce a great work of English literature.’
      • ‘But, let's face it, not everyone is a writer or an artist, or even wants to be.’
    let's pretend
    • A game or set of circumstances in which one behaves as though a fictional or unreal situation were a real one.

      ‘a crazy and possibly dangerous game of let's pretend’
      • ‘But standing in a parking lot today I suddenly felt home, and everything I'd experienced since I left felt like a big game of let's pretend.’
      • ‘Of course his repentance is another game of let's pretend, momentarily seeming true under the spell of Handel's music.’
      • ‘Everyone knows that theatre is a world of let's pretend.’
      • ‘Tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship will soon join international rugby as another giant round of let's pretend.’
      • ‘Sometimes, since we lived close to each other, we would go to Anna's house and play let's pretend.’
    let's say
    • Used as a way of introducing a hypothetical or possible situation.

      ‘let's say we agreed to go our separate ways’
      • ‘Let's say there had been drugs, let's say there had been a shooting and two students were killed.’
      • ‘So it's a little bit different from reading, let's say, a scholarly journal.’
      • ‘So let's say that we have about 2.5m children in one parent families.’
      • ‘Going just slightly faster than you, let's say at 105 kmph, I overtake you in my car.’
      • ‘The money they collect from corruption will be placed in banks as term deposits, let's say for just one month.’
      • ‘So let's say there are 10 places, those 10 places go only to the very best students.’
      • ‘For example, let's say that an individual begins setting money aside for a new car.’
      • ‘For example, let's say that a young inventor is trying futilely to build a time machine in his garage.’
      • ‘Have you ever watched a teenage girl get ready to go out, let's say to a wedding?’
      • ‘Let's say that an investigator stumbled upon this and was blackmailed into resigning.’
    let's see
    • Used when one is trying to remember something or considering one's next words.

      • ‘let's see, did anything else happen this week?’
    to let
    • (of a room or property) available for rent.

      ‘She knew the house was to let and believed that the two men were probable tenants.’
      • ‘There was no sign that indicated that the house was to let.’
      • ‘He had heard that she had a flat to let.’
      • ‘If you have a room to let in a London house share or flat share you can advertise your flatshare for free.’

Phrasal Verbs

    let down
    • 1let someone down, let down someoneFail to support or help someone as they had hoped or expected.

      ‘if I let him down now, I knew he'd never trust me again’
      • ‘Is someone letting you down or failing to get a job done on time?’
      • ‘Ken had been her best friend and she'd let him down.’
      • ‘Girlfriends support you when the man in your life lets you down.’
      • ‘I had a daughter to support, and I couldn't let her down.’
      • ‘I will not fail you, I will not disappoint you and I will not let you down.’
      • ‘We feel frustrated and completely let down by this Government, and that is why we are planning this rally.’
      • ‘From a personal standpoint, I wouldn't mind down-sizing, but I worry about the vendors, the clients, and especially the employees I'd be letting down.’
      • ‘Half of 14-year-olds can't write or add up properly and the schools inspectorate said failing schools were letting down children of the poor.’
      • ‘She did absolutely nothing to assist me and failed to keep appointments, letting down the local community.’
      • ‘Any lecturer whose courses fail to attract adequate numbers of students is made to feel not only that he is in some way deficient but also that he is letting down his colleagues.’
      1. 1.1let someone or something down, let down someone or somethingBritish Have a harmful effect on the overall quality or success of someone or something.
        ‘the whole machine is let down by the tacky keyboard’
        • ‘The north west has a wonderful range of historic buildings, but so often they are let down by the poor quality of the public spaces around them.’
        • ‘However, smaller airports were let down by the quality of their facilities, such as shops and food outlets.’
        • ‘The sound quality let them down massively, but they still managed to do well at warming up the audience.’
        • ‘A bit young and reckless, his positional play and defensive qualities occasionally let him down at the very top level.’
        • ‘But what really lets this collection down is not the quality of the songs - everything about their tunes is well considered and slickly executed - but the production.’
        • ‘The quality of the competition apart, what let things down was the abysmal and partisan television coverage.’
        • ‘An excellent cast is let down by an uninspired script and a collection of unimpressive bad guys.’
        • ‘The vegetable samosas were pronounced okay, with a greasy exterior letting down the contents.’
        • ‘We've been working on the areas that have been letting us down and I'm hoping that as the weeks go by we get better and better.’
        • ‘It was a disappointing finish and we were let down by lapses in concentration’
    • 2let something down, let down somethingLower something slowly.

      ‘they let down a basket on a chain’
      • ‘I tied one end of the cord to the basket and let the basket down slowly to Mr. Webster's level.’
      • ‘After everything settled down, I slowly let my arm down.’
      • ‘The man let his hand down slowly, still looking at the woman.’
      • ‘You have to let the rig down very slowly.’
      • ‘Everyone who had a weapon slowly let it down.’
      • ‘He was busy with the ropes, letting down just two yards of sail from the spar attached to the top of the mast.’
      • ‘The sides of my hut can be let down on a pulley, so I can watch the sun go down through the trees from the comfort of my hammock chair.’
      • ‘As soon as the nets were let down, a bottle flew onto the outfield - right opposite the nets, out of the expensive seats.’
    • 3let something down, let down somethingMake a garment longer by lowering the hem.

      ‘I put on a skirt that Sylvie had let down for me’
      • ‘I do not own a pair of trousers that I have not had to let the hem down on.’
      • ‘I bought a used dress and I need to let the skirt down about an inch.’
      • ‘When you let the hem down, the nice bright unfaded material now exposed tends to show up just how faded the rest of the garment has become.’
    • 4let something down, let down somethingBritish Deflate a tire.

      • ‘the driver was still in the cab, so I couldn't let the tires down’
    • 5(of an aircraft) descend prior to landing.

      ‘over the harbor, I started to let down’
      • ‘Within the hour, we were letting down for a landing at Casablanca on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.’
      • ‘It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was letting down over the Adriatic heading southward.’
    let in for
    British informal
    • let oneself in for somethingInvolve oneself in something likely to be difficult or unpleasant.

      • ‘I didn't know what I was letting myself in for’
      • ‘Do you know what you're letting yourself in for?’
      • ‘I want to talk a little about the reality of post-graduate work for people who are considering it because I think you should know what you're letting yourself in for.’
      • ‘You know exactly what you're letting yourself in for.’
      • ‘It's a very competitive market out there and I think that artists have to be aware of what they are letting themselves in for and not to be intimidated by it.’
      • ‘I do hope they know what they will be letting themselves in for if they ask the city council to place traffic obstacles in their streets.’
      • ‘They knew about the plans and they should have ensured housebuyers knew what they were letting themselves in for.’
      • ‘I don't think some of them realised what they were letting themselves in for.’
      • ‘I don't think any of us knew what we were letting ourselves in for.’
      • ‘I remember thinking: ‘What am I letting myself in for?’’
      • ‘I didn't really know what I was letting myself in for.’
    let in on
    • let someone in on somethingAllow someone to know or share something secret or concealed.

      ‘I wish someone would let me in on the joke’
      • ‘I wanted her to let me in on all her secrets.’
      • ‘He speaks directly to his audience, letting us in on great secrets - not as though we are sitting in his class, but like we ran in to him at the video store.’
      • ‘Ned lets Lyn in on his secret, because he wants her to make him a costume.’
      • ‘I'm going to let you into the secret of their new romance.’
      • ‘The thing is - I'll let you into a little secret - I wasn't always this glamorous and fabulous.’
      • ‘If you've set yourself a New Year's resolution of getting fitter and healthier, I'll let you in on a little secret.’
      • ‘Although working hard and getting the grades in high school is a necessity, I'm going to let you in on a little secret.’
      • ‘At the start of this article, I'd promised to let you in on the secret of how to be fashionable.’
      • ‘He deliberately let Dave in on a company secret, making him swear he wouldn't tell a soul.’
      • ‘Friday afternoons were a nightmare until a colleague let me into the secret of the computer room.’
    let into
    • 1let someone into somethingAllow someone to know or share something secret.

      • ‘I'll let you into a secret’
    • 2let something into somethingSet something back into the surface to which it is fixed, so that it does not project from it.

      ‘the basin is partly let into the wall’
      • ‘Two stone plaques are let into the wall on either side of the entrance.’
      • ‘Metal plates, hinges, and other pieces of hardware look best if let into the surface of the wood.’
    let off
    • 1let someone off, let off someonePunish someone lightly or not at all for a misdemeanor or offense.

      ‘he was let off with a warning’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • 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.’
    let on
    • 1Reveal or divulge information to someone.

      • ‘she knows a lot more than she lets on’
      • ‘I never let on that he made me feel anxious’
      • ‘I felt like he had more information then he was letting on.’
      • ‘I answered simply, without letting on a lot of information.’
      • ‘Something wasn't right here and she knew Noah held more information than he was letting on.’
      • ‘Though they talked back and forth about many subjects, neither of them really let on any information about themselves.’
      • ‘So you've let it slip that you know more about me than you originally let on.’
      • ‘All this was having a bigger affect on him than he was letting on because he tightened his grip on me; desperately searching for the comfort he was deprived of all those years ago.’
      • ‘She said it in the tone of that made me believe that she knew a lot more than she was letting on.’
      • ‘The note had obviously affected him more than he let on.’
      • ‘She was more affected by her break up with Logan than she let on.’
      • ‘She said: ‘I will be demanding to know whether the school knows more about gang problems than it is letting on to the governors.’’
      • ‘I don't think they realised it was as dangerous, but they knew a whole lot more about it than they were letting on.’
      • ‘If the reporter knew this, he wasn't letting on.’
      • ‘They believe there's more to the young man's death than police are letting on.’
      • ‘I just have the feeling they know so much more than they're letting on.’
    • 2Pretend.

      • ‘they all let on that they didn't hear me’
      • ‘Now he's letting on he finds them bewildering, and he's supposed to be Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism!’
      • ‘Serious things have happened and it's no good people letting on that they didn't.’
      • ‘I once liked Rosie, but she let on she was a different person then.’
      • ‘They would rig up all sorts of stuff in his room and make noises behind his bed and he would be lying there terrified while they all let on they were asleep.’
    let out
    • 1let something out, let out somethingUtter a sound or cry.

      ‘he let out a sigh of happiness’
      • ‘one of the beasts lets out a mighty roar’
      • ‘My mom let out a gasp when she saw the box sitting on my desk.’
      • ‘As soon as the door opened, both the parents let out gasps of horror.’
      • ‘The guard let out a pained groan before going down for the count.’
      • ‘She shifts in her chair, blinks several times and lets out a tiny laugh, her mouth in a crooked sneer.’
      • ‘Shaw starts fumbling and, for the first time, lets out an audible grunt of effort.’
      • ‘He bends to the right to reach for the water glass on his night stand and lets out a muted whine of terror.’
      • ‘He coasted all the way down, letting out a whoop of glee as he picked up speed.’
      • ‘I throw myself onto the other bed, letting out a long sigh of weariness and relief.’
      • ‘I rushed forward and ran into his arms, letting out a scream as he spun me around.’
      • ‘She snuggled her body next to mine a little bit more and closed her eyes, letting out a little sigh.’
      1. 1.1Reveal a piece of information.
        with clause ‘she let out that he'd given her a ride home’
        • ‘No one had any idea if his injuries were serious or not, since the doctors were not letting any information out.’
        • ‘She let the information out that Kevin already knew about the baby.’
        • ‘How could he exchange words with that man without letting out that he was in love with his wife?’
        • ‘During the heated argument, she let out that she had cancer and walked away.’
        • ‘Some Congressmen began letting out that they would rather save the government even if the nuclear deal was to be sacrificed.’
    • 2let someone out, let out someoneRelease someone from obligation or suspicion.

      • ‘they've started looking for motives—that lets me out’
    • 3North American (of a lesson, meeting, or event) finish, so that those attending are able to leave.

      ‘his classes let out at noon’
      • ‘School begins at seven and lets out at two thirty.’
      • ‘The last screening of the film festival let out at 7:30 p.m.’
      • ‘What time does class let out?’
      • ‘It was raining in true Florida fashion the day after the schools were let out.’
    • 4let something out, let out somethingMake a garment looser or larger, typically by adjusting a seam.

      ‘the dress is too tight—perhaps it could be let out’
      • ‘You can let the shoulder seam out or take it in at the princess seam.’
      • ‘Those jeans have been let out so often you don't look like you're wearing jeans that fit.’
      • ‘I had to let the waist out in all my pants.’
      • ‘The extra cloth will allow your tailor to let the trousers out up to 3 inches at the waist.’
      • ‘The dress can easily be taken in at the bust, but there is no room to let the dress out.’
    let up
    • 1 informal (of something undesirable) become less intense or severe.

      • ‘the rain's letting up—it'll be clear soon’
      • ‘Instead of letting up, the snow squalls intensified.’
      • ‘However, on December 27, the region was blanketed by an intense winter storm that showed no signs of letting up.’
      • ‘The rain had let up a little bit.’
      • ‘The pain in my side had let up a little bit, thank goodness.’
      • ‘The cold weather in the state had not let up one bit.’
      • ‘The rain had let up a bit and now we were left to walk through a light drizzle and thick, mountain fog.’
      • ‘The storm did not let up at all throughout the rest of the day or the entirety of the night.’
      • ‘The corruption scandal dogging the Victoria Police Force is showing no sign of letting up.’
      • ‘At this point the violence shows no sign of letting up.’
      • ‘Over the last six years there has been a 46 per cent hike in the numbers seeking advice on the subject - and the problem shows no sign of letting up.’
      1. 1.1Relax one's efforts.
        ‘she was so far ahead that she could afford to let up a bit’
        • ‘Our main priority is getting promoted and finishing the season on a high, but that doesn't mean we will be letting up one bit tomorrow.’
        • ‘After yesterday's rest day a lot of riders were feeling good but there were times that some of us were wondering if people would ever let up, even a bit.’
        • ‘You could see once he made the lead, he let up a little bit.’
        • ‘Neither side has shown any sign of letting up.’
        • ‘Sylvia holds the title of the longest serving active volunteer, and shows no sign of letting up.’
        • ‘It is now more than two months after the cubs were born, the zoo authorities are not letting up their constant vigil regarding the health indicators of these three frisky cubs.’
        • ‘The police are not letting up in their search for the suspect.’
        • ‘I've always believed that success lies in driving yourself hard and not letting up until you've reached a goal.’
        • ‘They practice intensely and study with purpose - and they don't let up in the offseason.’
        • ‘Microsoft and Sony aren't letting up in their efforts either.’
    let up on
    • let up on someoneTreat or deal with in a more lenient manner.

      • ‘she didn't let up on Cunningham’


Old English lǣtan ‘leave behind, leave out’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch laten and German lassen, also to late.

Main definitions of let in English

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  • (in racket sports) a play that is nullified and has to be played again, especially when a served ball touches the top of the net.

    ‘he was obstructed and asked for a let’
    • ‘In a first game that lasted nearly 30 minutes, she maintained her composure through a series of lets, strokes, and no lets.’
    • ‘I believe I have a very good understanding of lets and strokes.’
    • ‘If you encounter interference and then play the ball, you have no right to a let.’
    • ‘It was stop start game with both players looking for lets and strokes.’
    • ‘He called 23 lets, eight no lets and 10 strokes, as Hopwood eventually levelled the match.’
    • ‘There are few, if any, lets and the strokes awarded are obvious.’



/let/ /lɛt/

transitive verbtransitive verb lets, transitive verb letting, past participle verb letted, past participle verb let

[with object] archaic
  • Hinder.

    ‘pray you let us not; we fain would greet our mother’
    • ‘As Jesus Christ hath appointed a regular government and discipline in his Church, no law of any commonwealth should interfere with, let, or hinder, the due exercise thereof, among the voluntary members of any denomination of Christians, according to their own profession and belief.’
    • ‘Pray you let us not; We fain would greet our mother.’
    • ‘If God be with a work, who is he that will let or impede it?’



/let/ /lɛt/


    let or hindrance
    • Obstruction or impediment.

      ‘the passport opened frontiers to the traveler without let or hindrance’
      • ‘The law must take its course on this matter, without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘The reality is, of course, that for every ‘bad apple’ who ended up in court, there were countless more going about their dread business without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘The oil would continue to flow without let or hindrance - and it did.’
      • ‘Whatever happened to being granted passage without let or hindrance?’
      • ‘A highway is a way over which there exists a public right of passage, that is to say a right for all Her Majesty's subjects at all seasons of the year freely and at their will to pass and repass without let or hindrance.’
      • ‘The BBC board of governors had come under assault because it had sought to reassert ‘the right of the BBC to report British and international politics without let or hindrance from Downing Street,’ he continued.’
      • ‘Each of these two ladies is entitled to come into England without let or hindrance provided that she is truly the wife of her husband.’
      • ‘He is a government spy who can move without let or hindrance between France and England.’
      • ‘To live without let or hindrance would be life indeed.’
      • ‘Owners could continue to redeem their silver certificates without let or hindrance.’
    play a let
    • (in tennis, squash, etc.) play a point again because the ball or one of the players has been obstructed.

      ‘The umpire played a let, as ballboys and girls scurried around reassembling Miss Whatley's paperwork.’
      • ‘If there is a disagreement between you and your opponent about a let/stroke/no let situation, play a let.’
      • ‘When he accidentally hit Joey with the ball, Nick was very apologetic and sportingly played a let.’
      • ‘There is no such thing as playing a let when a ball from another court comes into your court.’
      • ‘As a beginner it is best to play a let on most interferences.’


Old English lettan ‘hinder’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch letten, also to late.