Let off – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To let off something (or let something off) is to fire a gun, or make something explode (e.g. bombs or fireworks).

Examples of use:

a) Everyone in our village lets off fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

b) The police let off tear gas to try and control the demonstrators.

c) The soldiers let off their guns in honour of the Queen.

2. To let off somebody (or let somebody off) is to give little or no punishment to someone who has committed a crime or done something wrong. Often used with “with

Examples of use:

a) Everyone thought he would be sent to prison, but the judge let him off with a £5000 fine.

b) The police let the boys off with a warning.

c) It was her first offence so the judge let her off.

3. To let off somebody (or let somebody off) is to allow someone not to do something they were expecting to do.

British English.

Examples of use:

a) I was supposed to work this weekend, but my boss let me off.

b) Our English teacher has let us off our homework because it is New Year’s Eve.

let off
present simple
let off and lets off
-ing form
letting off
past simple
let off
past participle
let off

Will you be letting off any fireworks on New Year’s Eve?

Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2012 is a wonderful and happy year for you

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