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    Cool off the hook

    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    "Instead of working to address the climate crisis, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and her allies are proposing to let the biggest polluters completely off the hook. Tell your Senators to do the right thing for our clean energy future, not the fossil fuel lobby."

    What does off the hook mean? Completely free?

    Repower America | Save our clean air

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    Re: off the hook

    off the hook - freed from danger or blame or obligation; "I let him off the hook with a mild reprimand".

    So... yes, you're right.

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    Re: off the hook

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    "Instead of working to address the climate crisis, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and her allies are proposing to let the biggest polluters completely off the hook. Tell your Senators to do the right thing for our clean energy future, not the fossil fuel lobby."

    What does off the hook mean? Completely free?

    Repower America | Save our clean air
    It's a metaphor from fishing. Imagine letting a fish off the hook and letting it go back into the water - as opposed to taking it home and cooking it.

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    Cool Re: off the hook

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a metaphor from fishing. Imagine letting a fish off the hook and letting it go back into the water - as opposed to taking it home and cooking it.
    That's a lucky fish!

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    Re: off the hook

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    That's a lucky fish!
    This is called catch and release and mandatory in some waters around the world.

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