let off

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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to ignite)
a. hacer explotar
Someone let off a bomb in the east wing of the building.Alguien hizo explotar una bomba en el ala este del edificio.
b. disparar
It sounded like someone had let off a gun, but it turned out to just be a firecracker.Sonó como si alguien hubiera disparado un arma, pero resultó ser tan solo un petardo.
c. tirar
We like to barbecue and let off fireworks in the backyard in the summer.Nos gusta asar y tirar fuegos artificiales en el jardín en el verano.
2. (to exempt)
a. perdonar
You did the cooking the last three nights, so why don't I let you off tonight?Tú cocinaste las últimas tres noches, así que ¿por qué no te perdono esta noche?
3. (to not punish)
a. dejar escapar
Since it was Danilo's first offense, they let him off with a month of community service.Como era el primer delito de Danilo, lo dejaron escapar con un mes de servicio a la comunidad
b. perdonar
Blanca couldn't help but play favorites; she always let Jorge off when he misbehaved.Blanca no podía evitar los favoritismos; siempre perdonaba a Jorge cuando se portaba mal.
4. (to allow to leave)
a. dejar salir
My boss let me off early, so I decided to go to the beach.Mi jefa me dejó salir temprano, así que decidí ir la playa.
b. dejar bajar (from a vehicle)
Alain asked the driver to let him off at the next block.Alain le pidió al conductor que lo dejara bajar en la siguiente cuadra.
5. (to release)
a. soltar
The trainer let the monkey off the harness, and it jumped up onto the TV host's desk.El domador soltó al mono de la correa, y saltó sobre el escritorio del conductor de televisión.
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let off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (bomb, firework)
a. hacer explotar
2. (fig)
to l off steamdesfogarse
3. (excuse)
a. perdonar
they let him off with a finesólo le pusieron una multa
let off
transitive verb
1 (cause to explode, fire) [+bomb] hacer explotar; [+firework] tirar; [+firearm] disparar
never let fireworks off inside
2 (release)
to let off steam [+boiler, engine] soltar vapor; [+person] (release anger) desahogarse; (unwind) relajarse
Unhappy wives and girlfriends have been letting off steam about their rotten partners on a telephone hotline I find hitting a punchbag is a good way to let off steam And who do I complain to? How about me? I used to let off steam to Alma, every day, till she must have been sick of it, and mostly she listened. And sympathized play enables children to let off steam these dance classes are an excellent way to let off steam after a hard day's work
3 (allow to leave) dejar salir
they let the children off early today hoy han dejado salir a los niños antes de la hora
will you please let me off at 3 o'clock? excuse from duty
4 (exempt) perdonar
it's your turn to do the washing up but I'll let you off this time te toca fregar a ti pero esta vez te perdono
would you mind if I didn't do the washing-up tonight? OK, I'll let you off this once
5 (not punish) perdonar
he let me off I'll let you off this time
to let sb off lightly ser demasiado blando con algn; the headmaster let him off with a warning el director le dejó escapar con solo una advertencia
he was let off with a warning they let him off with a warning he was let off with a fine
1 (release from)
can I let the dog off the lead? ¿puedo soltar al perro?
2 (exempt) perdonar
I'll let you off the £5 you owe me te perdono las 5 libras que me debes; the authorities let him off National Service las autoridades le permitieron librarse del servicio militar
the Inland Revenue isn't going to let me off the £700 I now owe to let sb off a duty
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