let off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let off grant exemption or release to "Please excuse me from this class"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Pennsylvania: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
    • Let off to allow to go free without punishment, to excuse from payment, &c
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  • Samuel Beckett
    “Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss.”
  • Sebastian Coe
    Sebastian Coe
    “All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.”
  • Pat Riley
    “Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.”
  • Philip Larkin
    Philip Larkin
    “Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life? Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork and drive the brute off?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽtan, to permit, pt.t. lét, leót, pp. læten; Ger. lassen, Fr. laisser, to permit.


In literature:

When you take it off, let none of the liquor go away with the dross.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Let me once be certain about it, and off she goes the next hour.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I'll go to every blessed Wednesday, as long as they last, if you'll only let me off Thursdays.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The basket slipped from her arm, and the cover flew off, letting out Snoop.
"The Bobbsey Twins at Home" by Laura Lee Hope
Let these ingredients cook over a slow fire for three-quarters of a hour, take off, stir and let cool.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
The remnants of the solid-fuel take-off rockets let go.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
Let's get to the scout ship and blast off before Vidac wants to know what we're doing.
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
Within the last week she had heard that Carp, after being let off by Harris, had started up a brand of his own down in Slade's range.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
At length one let off a broadside, so low and so truly aimed, that the other sank to the bottom.
"Candide" by Voltaire
I'm going to ask Captain Phipps to let you off those extra days.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice

In poetry:

O may the sons of men record
The wondrous goodness of the Lord!
And let their thankful off'rings prove
How they adore their Maker's love
"Psalm 107 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Their name! Let me hear it -- the symbol
Of unpaid -- unpayable debt,
For the men to whom I owed God's Peace,
I put off with a cigarette.
"Woodbine Willie" by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
Let's now take our time,
While we're in our prime,
And old, old age is afar off;
For the evil, evil days
Will come on apace,
Before we can be aware of.
"To Be Merry" by Robert Herrick
The cat's in the coffee, the wind's in the east,
He screams like a peacock and whines like a priest
And the saw of his voice makes my blood turn to mice
So let down your long hair and shut off his advice!
"A Nonsense Song" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Now if thou grant'st me my request,
To make thy vot'ry truly bless'd,
Let curs'd revenge and saucy pride
To some bleak rock far off be tied,
Nor e'er approach my rural seat,
To tempt me to be base and great.
"Written At Paris, 1700. In The Beginning Of Robe's Geography" by Matthew Prior
An' there she grabs 'im, fair out uv me 'ands!
An' lets young Wally Free git off with Rose;
While like a fool I stands,
Kickin' me toes
An' cursin' all the fool things women do.
I'd think 'twas done apurpis, less I knoo.
"The Dance" by C J Dennis

In news:

I feel it's about time I let off a little steam about what we have allowed the shape of our great nation to become.
Let's take a look at two teams off to surprising but very different starts.
Now, however, AlphaDog's been let off his leash.
Halbert Sullivan is not about to let his audience off the hook.
No, never mind, let's drop Amanda Bynes off the list she's not a celebrity.
When your doctor takes you off a medication, she probably lets you know.
I improvised it off the top of my head, because they wouldn't let me post until I wrote a headline.
Editorial Let's take sales tax on food off the table.
2 jurors have now been let off case this week.
The Turkey Bowl is a yearly tradition at St Michael's Christian Academy in San Clemente – a way for students to let off steam with some pre-holiday fun.
Let me start off by saying that I love you.
Tina Fey, isn't letting her ride off into the sunset alone.
Liz Lemon's love life has been one of the great ongoing jokes of "30 Rock's" seven seasons, but her creator, Tina Fey, isn't letting her ride off into the sunset alone.
Let's get off our butts.
Editorial Let 's take sales tax on food off the table.

In science:

Let us begin considering QCD regularized with an ultra-violet cut-off Λ0 and with a bare coupling α0 .
Semi-Inclusive B Decays and a Model for Soft-Gluon Effects
Let T = (tij ) ∈ LT (p) be a random matrix whose diagonal and lower off-diagonal elements are independently distributed as tii ∼ χm+p−i , tij ∼ N (0, 1) (i > j ), where m > 0 is a constant.
Skewness and kurtosis as locally best invariant tests of normality
Let us first turn off Hso and EZ in Eqn. (1).
Large spin-orbit effects in small quantum dots
Let the Gregory Laflamme (GL) point in the phase diagram be the point where the non-uniform string branch starts off from the uniform string branch.
A Microscopic Model for the Black hole - Black string Phase Transition
Consequently, the recoiling atoms possess very well-defined momenta kl ex ± kez making 45o angles with the direction of the applied laser pulse, and they thus form two first-order atomic “side modes.” To observe the side modes, one lets the system evolve freely for some time after the laser pulse has been turned off.
Sequential superradiant scattering from atomic Bose-Einstein condensates