let off [football/soccer]

bearfreak

Senior Member
Javanese
This is football (soccer). I wonder whether "let off" here means stop?

52' LET OFF FOR HAMBURG! It's the first we have really seen of Aubameyag, as Djourou and
Cleber are both caught, allowing the striker clean through on goal. With the form he's in this season you would have backed him to the hillside to take the chance, but
his finish is terribly mishit as it
bounces well wide of the far
post.
Hamburger SV 3 - 1 Borussia Dortmund LIVE Commentary - 20/11/2015 Bundesliga - Goal.com
 
  • bearfreak

    Senior Member
    Javanese
    Thanks, Rover. Could you also tell me what "backed him to the hilt" means there? I'm a bit difficult to understand it.
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    If anybody's wondering about 'backed him to the hillside', that should be 'backed him to the hilt'.
    I heard someone on TV recently say something like "I defended you to the hills", where I would have expected 'to the hilt'. I wonder if 'hills/hillside' is becoming established under our very noses.
     
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