Definition of get away in English:

get away

phrasal verb

  • 1Escape.

    ‘the robbers got away with £6,000’
    • ‘The killer surely must have thought he had got away scot free by now.’
    • ‘He struggled to stop the man getting at the money, but the robber was too strong, and managed to get away.’
    • ‘Detectives said they believed at least two of the men got away in the van and a third may have escaped on foot.’
    • ‘His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.’
    • ‘He said the robbers got away in a car which had been stolen earlier and was later found burned out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In reality he usually gets away by slipping through the cracks.’
    • ‘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.’
    escape, run away, run off, get out, break out, break free, get free, break loose, make a break for it, bolt, flee, fly, take flight, make off, take off, decamp, abscond, take to one's heels, make a escape, make one's escape, make good one's escape, make a getaway, make one's getaway, beat a hasty retreat, show a clean pair of heels, run for it, make a run for it
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  • 2informal in imperative Said to express disbelief or scepticism.

    • ‘Get away, Wilma, what would you know?’
    • ‘Get away with you: buskers are racket-mongerers not street entertainers.’
    • ‘Get away. You're winding me up.’