Off the hook

2) when a telephone receiver is not put correctly on the phone và it prevents incoming calls.

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3) when a phone rings off the hook people are constantly calling


This idiom"s origins come from the idea that a fish has found a way khổng lồ get off the hook of a fishing pole—và has therefore escaped great danger. In the same way, if you get off the hook you"ve sầu escaped a difficult situation.

Another meaning is that the receiver of a telephone is not connected lớn the phone. The receiver is placed on the hook of the phone.



When the receiver is ON the hook calls can be received and the phone will ring (make a sound lớn let you know there is a phone call).

You can intentionally or accidentally take your phone off the hook. Often the phone is off the phone by mistake when the person doesn"t carefully put the phone bachồng in place.

Finally, there is a similar idiom:  a phone rings off the hook. This means the phone is ringing continually one gọi after the other. (You could remember this because the phone is ringing so much it could almost fall off the hook.).

Sentence examples

— I continually called you last night but kept getting a busy signal. Did you accidentally leave sầu your phone off the hook?

— Yesterday, we got so many phone calls from people asking for donations I finally took the phone off the hook.

— If we get one more Gọi from a telemarketer during dinner, I"m going to take the phone off the hook.

— I was supposed to lớn go with my mother to lớn the doctor"s this afternoon but her appointment was canceled so I"m off the hook.

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— I"ll vày the dishes so you"re off the hook and can get started on your homework.

— They didn"t have sầu enough evidence to lớn prosexinh đẹp my brother so he"s off the hook.

— My teacher gave me detention today after school but luckily there was a fire alarm & she let me off the hook.

— I was supposed khổng lồ have jury duty all week but I got off the hook after they learned I have sầu a disabled child.

— Don"t worry, my lawyers are working hard lớn get you off the hook.

— I cannot believe dad let you off the hook from doing your chores again. It"s so unfair!

— Thank goodness I"m off the hook from working tomorrow. I asked Jane if she could take over my shift và she agreed.

— You"re off the hook! Sandy called khổng lồ say she"s siông xã so you don"t have to go over khổng lồ clean her house today.

— Are we off the hook or are we still going lớn your parents" house for dinner on Sunday?

— Since Marissa was featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition her phone has been ringing off the hook.

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— My friover posted my phone number in the men"s bathroom as a joke và now my phone"s been ringing off the hook.