What is a let-off?

What is a let-off? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. An escape from punishment.
  2. (engineering) A device for letting off, releasing, or giving forth, as the warp from the cylinder of a loom.
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The let-off allowed the Cappielow troops to re-group and hit back before the break.
Leos took advantage of the let-off to score a converted try from a midfield move.
Lex were strong at the back and although determined not to concede they had a lucky let-off when Flint's Lee Jones hit the bar on 70 minutes.
Buoyed by the let-off, Swinford punished their opponents emphatically.
A police let-off will no longer be an option under new hard-line proposals being discussed by ministers and senior police.
An off-line working unit, it is composed of several let-off units and an embossing and wind-up unit.

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