Definition of get away in English:

get away

phrasal verb

  • 1Escape.

    ‘Stevie was caught, but the rest of us got away’
    ‘he was very lucky to get away with his life’
    • ‘The killer surely must have thought he had got away scot free by now.’
    • ‘Detectives said they believed at least two of the men got away in the van and a third may have escaped on foot.’
    • ‘By the time they followed him into the next road he had accelerated and disappeared trying to get away.’
    • ‘His accomplice that night got away scot free; after all, Lorraine was only 13 at the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He struggled to stop the man getting at the money, but the robber was too strong, and managed to get away.’
    • ‘He was challenged by a neighbour as he fled and there was a brief struggle, but the robber managed to get away.’
    • ‘With difficulty I managed to destroy two of them, but the rest got away, or so I thought.’
    • ‘He said the robbers got away in a car which had been stolen earlier and was later found burned out.’
    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
    disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away
    get out of someone's clutches
    do a bunk, do a moonlight flit, cut and run, skedaddle, skip, head for the hills, do a disappearing act, do a vanishing act, fly the coop, take french leave, scarper, vamoose, hightail it, leg it
    do a runner, hook it
    take a powder, go on the lam
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    1. 1.1Leave one's home or work for a time of rest or recreation; go on a vacation.
      ‘it will be nice to get away’