Student or Learner
A: Help me if you have nothing else to do.
B: Come on. Let me off the hook.
Do you think that "Let me off the hook" sounds good in this dialog?
Twelve-year old Jimmy and his father
Father: Jimmy, if you've got nothing else to do now, come on outside and help me do some work around the yard.
Jimmy: Oh, come on. I'm going to the mall soon to meet up with my friends.
Father: And what are you doing up until then?
Jimmy: I'm talking to my friends.
Father: Who's here? I don't hear anyone.
Jimmy: My friends are online now.
Father: Oh, I get it. Come on out here now.
Jimmy: Oh, come on, can't you let me off the hook just this one time?
Father: mm.... grumble grumble.
Last edited by PROESL; 02-Sep-2009 at 03:38.
- I was supposed to work tonight, but the boss let me off the hook.
- They're losing now. Don't get overconfident and let them off the hook.
- I was supposed to make a speech tonight, but my boss let me off the hook by calling up and telling them I had to work.
- I'm in debt to a loan shark. You've got to let me off the hook.
Do these examples sound good?
I say yes for sentence 1 and 3.
Sentence 4 makes sense if the speaker is talking directly to the bank eh hem ... ... I mean the loanshark, but that's unlikely.
For sentence number 2, I don't think I've heard "let one off the hook" in the context of maintaining a competitive edge. This expression usually means "relieve someone from an obligation, a penalty, or doing something that is considered undesirable in some way".
Last edited by PROESL; 01-Sep-2009 at 20:58.