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what's the difference between LET OUT and LET OFF

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    Let out is to free or to release. The dog needed to urinate, so I LET it OUT the door.

    Let off is to excuse from responsibility. Sometimes it is part of a larger phrase "Let off the hook". The boy had already had a hard week and I knew I could take out the trash even though it was his chore, so I LET him OFF the hook.

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