off the hook

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Performing extraordinarily well.

Etymology:

  • An allusion to a fish caught on the hook of a fishing line.
  • Referring to the candlestick phone, which in order to hang up, the receiver must be hung on a hook. Leaving the receiver off the hook would prevent it from being able to receive calls.
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That's five three-pointers in a row! Smith is off the hook!.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'off the hook':

off the hookOf a telephone, having an open connection; not hung up.
off the hookRelieved of a duty, burden, responsibility, or pressure.
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