Definition of get off in US English:

get off

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Escape a punishment; be acquitted.

    ‘you'll get off with a warning’
    ‘she got off lightly’
    • ‘While most get off with a warning, there is at least one case of dismissal.’
    • ‘I just act polite and a bit contrite and seem to get off with warnings, always.’
    • ‘Derek somehow managed to get off with only community service.’
    • ‘Meanwhile those responsible for the workers' misery and the trade in human beings seem to get off lightly - once again.’
    • ‘Since there are no eyewitnesses to the killing and Richard claims it was an accident, he may get off with only a few years in jail.’
    • ‘He confessed to police and was lucky to get off with a bond.’
    • ‘In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.’
    • ‘Whenever they are caught they seem to get off with little or no punishment at all and just end up laughing at the system.’
    • ‘I was surprised, and I thought he might even get off with that defense.’
    • ‘In practice, most people caught with small amounts of cannabis will get off with a warning.’
    • ‘Straight up spammers tend to get off with ‘light’ fines in the thousands as opposed to jail time.’
    escape punishment, be acquitted, be absolved, be cleared, be exonerated, be exculpated, be declared innocent, be found innocent, be vindicated
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  • 2North American vulgar slang Have an orgasm.