let-off


let-off
\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun (-s)
Etymology: let off
1. : an act or instance of letting off

spend the rest of his life in gaol, and a damned lucky let-off it is for him — Ngaio Marsh

specifically : neglect of a chance to dismiss or score against an opponent
2.
a. : a device for releasing a strand (as yarn from a warp beam) to a loom at a regulated tension
b. : the release of the cocked hammer of a gun by the sear in firing
c. : the discontinuance of contact between an escape wheel tooth and a pallet in a watch

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letˈ-off noun
1. An act or occasion of letting off
2. A festivity
3. An outlet
4. (in games) a failure to take advantage of an opportunity
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Main Entry:let

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let-off «LEHT F, -OF», noun.
a letting off; release; exemption: »

A light let-off that will be for the murderer (Punch).

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let-off, n.
see let v.1 35 f.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Let-off — (l[e^]t [o^]f ; 115), n. (Mach.) A device for letting off, releasing, or giving forth, as the warp from the cylinder of a loom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • let off — [v] make not subject to punishment or action abandon, absolve, discharge, dispense, drop, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forgive, let go, pardon, privilege from, release, relieve, remove, spare; concepts 50,83,88,317 Ant. blame, incarcerate, punish …   New thesaurus

  • let off — ► let off 1) cause (a gun, firework, or bomb) to fire or explode. 2) refrain from punishing. 3) excuse (someone) from a task or obligation. Main Entry: ↑let …   English terms dictionary

  • let off — index absolve, acquit, acquitted, cast (throw), clear, excuse, palliate (excuse) …   Law dictionary

  • let-off — ► NOUN informal ▪ an instance of unexpectedly escaping or avoiding something …   English terms dictionary

  • let off — verb grant exemption or release to Please excuse me from this class • Syn: ↑excuse, ↑relieve, ↑exempt • Derivationally related forms: ↑excuse (for: ↑excuse) …   Useful english dictionary

  • let off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms let off : present tense I/you/we/they let off he/she/it lets off present participle letting off past tense let off past participle let off 1) let someone off something British to allow someone not to do… …   English dictionary

  • let off — {v.} 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. * /Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall./ Syn.: GO OFF, LET LOOSE(2). 2. To permit to go or escape; excuse from a penalty, a duty, or a promise. * /Two boys were …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let off — {v.} 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. * /Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall./ Syn.: GO OFF, LET LOOSE(2). 2. To permit to go or escape; excuse from a penalty, a duty, or a promise. * /Two boys were …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let\ off — v 1. To discharge (a gun); explode; fire. Willie accidentally let off his father s shotgun and made a hole in the wall. Syn.: go off, let loose(2) 2. To permit to go or escape; excuse from a penalty, a duty, or a promise. Two boys were caught… …   Словарь американских идиом