Definition of getaway in English:



  • 1An escape or quick departure, especially after committing a crime.

    ‘the thugs made their getaway’
    [as modifier] ‘a getaway car’
    • ‘Out of the corner of my eye I'd catch him watching, but when I'd turn, he'd make a quick getaway.’
    • ‘He wasn't the culprit, but he appeared to be the only person left in the room - whoever it was had made their getaway, and fast.’
    • ‘Brennan points to the outside as a believer in clean getaways.’
    • ‘Although he escaped in a getaway car, he was pursued by police.’
    • ‘My getaway car was right there, covered with frost, across the street.’
    • ‘We quickly sealed the ship and prepared to make a fast getaway.’
    • ‘His helpful aide had the door open so he could make a quick getaway.’
    • ‘A bicycle thief made a quick getaway after stealing his set of wheels in broad daylight.’
    • ‘The suspects then attempted a getaway on foot with the police officers in hot pursuit.’
    • ‘Despite his complains, he actually enjoyed this high-speed getaway.’
    • ‘There was no chance of a clean getaway, rotten luck.’
    • ‘At the very least, you should want to make a quick, clean getaway.’
    • ‘Filipino police have arrested the driver of the getaway vehicle used by the gunmen.’
    • ‘A hero policeman caught the driver of a stolen getaway car by clinging to its door as it sped away.’
    • ‘The suspect ran off, chased by the shop's staff, but escaped in a getaway car driven by an accomplice waiting outside the store.’
    • ‘The men ran off and used a red Ford Fiesta as their getaway vehicle.’
    • ‘The getaway van has not yet turned up.’
    • ‘Police said two stolen cars believed to be used for robberies and other crime getaways, were recovered.’
    • ‘‘How nice to meet you,’ Danielle muttered, searching her mind for a quick getaway.’
    • ‘They were useful for flair and a fast getaway, if necessary.’
    escape, breakout, break, bolt for freedom, running away, flight, bolting, absconding, decamping, fleeing, flit
    disappearance, vanishing act
    abscondment, decampment
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  • 2informal A short holiday.

    ‘a weekend getaway’
    • ‘The key to looking fabulous at the beach - or on a weekend getaway - is knowing which essentials to stash in your bag.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, like all spring getaways, this trip of laughs and fun in the sun is ultimately a short and abbreviated one.’
    • ‘Roads, ports and airports were today coping well with the wave of holidaymakers making Easter getaways.’
    • ‘This does not have to be a long vacation, just a weekend getaway.’
    • ‘When planning holiday getaways, consider what's best for your pet.’
    • ‘This road is not spared even on holidays or weekends as it is the gateway to weekend getaways in that part of the city.’
    • ‘The great Bank Holiday getaway started last night with millions caught up in chaos on the road and rail networks.’
    • ‘Roaring fires, home-cooked food and breathtaking scenery are only part of a romantic weekend getaway.’
    • ‘It seems I'm prone to these quick getaways because I have a habit of thinking I can't possibly take days off.’
    • ‘Millions of people are heading off by road, rail and air today for a great British Bank Holiday getaway - despite a gloomy weather forecast.’
    • ‘Set amid the expansive dense forest of Singapore, it offers a getaway from the hustle of cosmopolitan life.’
    • ‘Getting away for less is something that most people look for when planning their summer getaways.’
    • ‘When you begin to feel stronger, plan a romantic weekend getaway with your husband.’
    • ‘Why not organize a girls' getaway or pajama party?.’
    • ‘I took her shopping in Italy, and we went on weekend getaways because I knew she was settling.’
    • ‘I decided to attempt to sketch what I had recently seen on a Sunday afternoon getaway in the mountains.’
    • ‘Booking a cruise is easy, whether it is for your honeymoon or a special getaway.’
    • ‘Although we had an active vacation, Seattle's laid-back pace gave us a relaxing and affordable getaway.’
    • ‘It's like having a getaway without leaving your own hometown.’
    • ‘Do you yearn for a getaway from the hustle and bustle and put some excitement into your life?’
    1. 2.1A holiday destination.
      ‘the island getaway of Penang’
      • ‘As far back as the 1920s, it was an easy getaway for Hollywood types looking for a little privacy; and this golden era lives on at select spots.’
      • ‘It is very much a romantic getaway with more couples holidaying there than families or single people.’
      • ‘Wintertime often brings thoughts of tropical getaways, with warm oceans and colorful coral reefs not far from shore.’
      • ‘I couldn't imagine a more romantic getaway for February.’
      • ‘The play tells the story of four strangers lured to a Los Angeles airport by promises of an island getaway.’
      • ‘Bali is their jewel of the east, and a popular getaway.’
      • ‘Suitable as either a permanent country home or a holiday getaway, this roadside holding goes under the hammer on July 24.’
      • ‘These four ranch getaways are ideal for boot-scooting, horseback-riding, cattle-wrangling, hay-baling, and body-toning fun.’
      • ‘But there's still no place else quite like this tropical getaway, nestled at the southernmost tip of the continental United States.’
      • ‘Paphos may not be able to compete with the Virgin Islands as a paradise getaway, but you get a great value sunshine holiday there.’
      • ‘Yarra Valley has to be among the most romantic getaways and the place for wine tasting.’
      • ‘This area used to be a luxurious getaway for dictator's followers, and his holiday home is still there.’
      • ‘Recently wedded couples find numerous getaways in this country.’
      • ‘Golf camps, skiing getaways and running clubs - all are becoming more popular thanks to fitness-minded Boomers.’
      • ‘Both children and parents alike are happier getting whisked off to summer camps and holiday getaways, far from the cramped confines of the city.’
      • ‘This provides patients with a private getaway and landscaped dining areas.’
      • ‘Adding a few tropical plants in containers can give you the fragrance and color of an island getaway in the smallest space.’
      • ‘One alternative to the typical southern getaway is Europe.’
      • ‘The closest getaways were Ascension Island, 700 miles north, Africa, 1,000 miles east, and South America, 1,000 miles west.’
      • ‘While Shramore Lodge will appeal to those in the market for a hushed getaway, it's probably too far from a city to interest many holiday home-hunters.’