One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Escape.‘the robbers got away with £6,000’
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- ‘In reality he usually gets away by slipping through the cracks.’
- ‘Detectives said they believed at least two of the men got away in the van and a third may have escaped on foot.’
- ‘He said the robbers got away in a car which had been stolen earlier and was later found burned out.’
- ‘His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.’
- ‘He was challenged by a neighbour as he fled and there was a brief struggle, but the robber managed to get away.’
- ‘Youngsters riding dangerously on stolen motorbikes on an estate are getting away scot free, according to a motorcycling enthusiast.’
- ‘He struggled to stop the man getting at the money, but the robber was too strong, and managed to get away.’
- ‘The killer surely must have thought he had got away scot free by now.’
- ‘With difficulty I managed to destroy two of them, but the rest got away, or so I thought.’
- ‘By the time they followed him into the next road he had accelerated and disappeared trying to get away.’
2informal in imperative Said to express disbelief or scepticism.
- ‘Get away with you: buskers are racket-mongerers not street entertainers.’
- ‘Get away. You're winding me up.’
- ‘Get away, Wilma, what would you know?’
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