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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LET-OFF

"That's a let-off anyhow," said Betty to herself, and she propped up a Stevenson against the tea-pot.

Of the value of the accomplishment of reading, as a let-off to parents and guardians, it would be impossible to speak too highly.

They were now gathering their pence and having a let-off for their long pent-up gossip.

I was once trying a new pattern revolver, and made a very bad shot, although I knew I had let-off well.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English lætan "to allow to remain; let go, leave, depart from; leave undone; to allow; bequeath," also "to rent" (class VII strong verb; past tense let, past participle læten), from Proto-Germanic *letan (cf. Old Saxon latan, Old Frisian leta, Dutch laten, German lassen, Gothic letan "to leave, let"), from PIE *le- "to let go, slacken" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary," Lithuanian leisti "to let, to let loose;" see lenient). If that derivation is correct, the primary sense would be "let go through weariness, neglect."

Of blood, from late Old English. To let (something) slip originally (1520s) was a reference to hounds on a leash; figurative use from 1540s. To let (someone) off "allow to go unpunished" is from 1814. To let on "reveal, divulge" is from 1725; to let up "cease, stop" is from 1787. Let alone "not to mention" is from 1812.

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