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    #1

    Let me off the hook.

    Hello.

    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?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Let me off the hook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    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?

    Thank you.
    No, I don't, I suppose it could depend on context but it doesn't work for me.


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    #3

    Re: Let me off the hook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    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?

    Thank you.
    I agree that we would need a context to understand clearly that "let me off the hook" is appropriate here. However, even in this short exchange between two speakers, it sounds okay to me. One could invent a context and speak of why a speaker would say "let me off the hook".

    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.


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    #4

    Re: Let me off the hook.

    - 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?


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    #5

    Re: Let me off the hook.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
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    1. I was supposed to work tonight, but the boss let me off the hook.
    2. - They're losing now. Don't get overconfident and let them off the hook.
    3. - 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.
    4. - 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.

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