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Difference between Get oneself off the hook and Go off the hooks

get oneself off the hook(coll.) free oneself from difficulty or trouble:

  • Later it was useful to describe this incident to get myself off the hook at a Royal Navy interview panel.

go off the hooks—(sl.) die (also: drop off the hooks): No man was ever able to write his own life complete.

  • He’s certain to go off the hooks before he has finished it.

See also: be hooked / go on the hook.