I just saw this on internet and i know this is a slogan and how to use it too, but i dont know the whole meaning of this phrase.
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"Off the hook" has a few different meanings.
As Caleb Bernard put in their answer it can mean getting out of a situation which is analogous to a fish being let off the fishing hook and let free to go.
The prosecutor dropped the charges against her so she is off the hook.
My dad is sick so I'm off the hook for babysitting my brother tonight.
Another meaning is excellent or great.
Did you see his dance moves? They are off the hook!
Another meaning is out of control, wild, or crazy. The analogy here is the fish needs to be put on the hook to control it.
She started screaming in the theater? You gotta dump her, she is really off the hook.
Another meaning relates to telephones. The original telephone design had a hook on it to hang the receiver when the phone was not in use. When a phone is "off the hook" it means it isn't available to be called. This is a literal meaning.
So you can say
Sorry I didn't get your call, I left my phone off the hook on accident.
But that leads to another idiom - when a phone "rings off the hook" that means it rings excessively.
I write a controversial article and now my phone is ringing off the hook.
Off the hook comes from fishing, where if a fish gets "off the hook" then it is free and will not end up as food. It's used metaphorically whenever you are in a bad situation, but get out of it.
You could have done your homework before asking. You should modify your question to
What is the origin of the phrase off the hook ?
Your question in its current form is actually not acceptable within the etiquette of this forum, since answers for it are readily available in public sources.
Here, let me do your homework for you:
But, if you do decide to modify your question to finding the origin(s) of the phrase, there are a few possibilities I can think of.
Someone was caught on the hook like a fish. And the fisher then decided to unhook you, that you somehow got yourself off the hook. You are free of your obligations after that.
In earlier days of school or neighbourhood bullying, boys would be hung to the wall-mounted garment hooks by the collar notch of their shirts or jackets. So if you are off-the-hook, you would no longer be facing the threat of being bullied into performing an unpleasant task.
Say, if you had a wall phone (which were very popular prior to 15 years ago). Ringing, ringing, ringing, .... incessantly ringing. Until if fell off the hook.
I wish to say, that origin #1 seems to be the accepted origin.
OTOH, off-the-hook due to origin#3 is used when events happen persistently that the situation becomes like the phone falling off the hook. For example
The stock market fluctuations are vacillating off the hook. Do not confuse with the stock market performing-off-the-charts.
Neighbours, police and lawyers have been knocking on the door off the hook, to get them to do something about their dog howling at 3 am every morning.
There are a number of things I would like to clarify: First off Orlan (original poster) a phrase like this that is commonly used (most often metaphorically) is considered an idiom. Idioms, much like slogans, gain there familiarity when they are used or referred to often. Unlike an idiom though a slogan in this day and age tends to be affiliated with catch phrases used by organizations in advertising. Originally though it (A Slogan) was a Scottish Clan's unique battle cry.
Secondly you did not come to the wrong place for your answer. Anyone can see from your opening remarks that you are familiar with the use of the phrase/idiom but you were looking for more - background if you will.
Which brings me to my third point - There are a number uses of the phrase. Each for differing situations. Until about 20-25 years ago the idiom "Off The Hook" referred to someone being released of their entanglement in a detrimental situation. Today more often than not it refers to something being ridiculously good. Whether it be a clothing sale, a song or a movie. In these cases I believe that the idiom refers to an old style land line supposedly ringing so often that it fell off the hook. Point of fact this didn't actually happen but rather was used as an hyperbolic metaphor to describe a very busy/frantic state.
And so now here is my final point. "The Hook" was a tool used to remove an actor from the stage when he or she was bombing. To slip away from said hook meant the actor was afforded more stage time. If the audience disagreed with the performer being hauled off then they would protest. Their protest would sometimes mean the performer would be let "Off The Hook" and was allowed to continue the performance. This is, I believe, the origin of this idiom when referring to someone being excused from consideration of guilt or involvement.
"Off the hook" can also refer to buying clothes .. Off the hook. That is to say buying something without it requiring tailoring after the purchase.
If you are just that right weight and height.. you can buy "Off the hook", wear it out of the shop and look good.
If not, you ask the shop to adjust it or you take it home to adjust or, have it adjusted by someone who cares enough to do it for you.