Query: "off the hook"

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sun Mar 5 18:59:13 UTC 2006

  A student has asked me the origin of the expression "I'm off the hook."
Is the original reference to a fish hook? A butcher's hook? Some other hook?

    Would anyone perhaps know?

Gerald Cohen

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