from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relieved of a duty, burden, responsibility, or pressure.
  • adj. Performing extraordinarily well.
  • adj. Of a telephone, having an open connection; not hung up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. freed from some obligation or difficulty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. freed from danger or blame or obligation


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  • With runners on first and third with one out in both frames, Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera let Weaver off the hook by not coming through.

    One Season

  • Kevin McNulty of Newark agrees: A phone can be on the hook, but it must be off the hook to be used.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Don’t think you are getting off the hook by going cardio-free.

    Lange 2010


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  • we can't let ourself off the hook just because we fear failure.

    July 20, 2011