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take the heat off

Slang definitions & phrases for take the heat off

take the heat off

verb phrase

To relieve someone from scrutiny or criticism; also, to take the punishment in place of another: The appearance of other suspects took the heat off him for a while

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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