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.’
    • ‘He confessed to police and was lucky to get off with a bond.’
    • ‘Derek somehow managed to get off with only community service.’
    • ‘In practice, most people caught with small amounts of cannabis will get off with a warning.’
    • ‘Meanwhile those responsible for the workers' misery and the trade in human beings seem to get off lightly - once again.’
    • ‘In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.’
    • ‘Straight up spammers tend to get off with ‘light’ fines in the thousands as opposed to jail time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.