Off the hook
Posted by Kit on August 08, 2003
In Reply to: Sniping posted by Henry on August 07, 2003
: : : hi,
: : : I need to know the meaning for the following phrases...
: : : 1.what do we mean when we describe something as "freakin horrible".
: : We mean the thing is horrible. "Freakin'" is added for emphasis. It's a slightly more genteel substitute for the expletive "fucking."
: : : 2.he would "wind up on the wrong end of a knife".
: : He would be stabbed eventually.
: : : 3."took on a life of its own". could u give an example?
: : The Phrase Finder Discussion Forum was established as an arena for research into the origins and meanings of English phrases. It has since taken on a life of its own.
: : : 4."to get off the hook".
: : To be freed from an obligation or an unpleasant duty. (The phrase comes from fishing with a hook and line.)
: : : 5.Tony Blair "steps into" the record book. anything noble he did?
: : Not that I know of.
: : : 6.see a "culture of deceit" at the heart of his government.
: : High officials in the particular government operate in secrecy and tell lies to hide their actions.
: : : 7.he would "soldier on".
: : He proceeded bravely toward a goal despite obstacles and setbacks.
: : : 8."sniped over" the failure.
: : I don't know the meaning of that one.
: : : thank you all for the help.
: A sniper was a single armed soldier who shot at individual enemy soldiers. Sniping was later used to mean criticising an opponent.
: It has a new meaning on eBay;
: "Then suddenly, with seconds to go, someone else swoops in with an even higher offer. Before the novice has time to retaliate, the auction closes. In eBay jargon, the second-to-last bidder has been hit by a sniper."
To 'get off the hook' also means to escape punishment, blame etc.