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’
    • ‘A bicycle thief made a quick getaway after stealing his set of wheels in broad daylight.’
    • ‘‘How nice to meet you,’ Danielle muttered, searching her mind for a quick getaway.’
    • ‘Brennan points to the outside as a believer in clean getaways.’
    • ‘We quickly sealed the ship and prepared to make a fast getaway.’
    • ‘Despite his complains, he actually enjoyed this high-speed getaway.’
    • ‘Police said two stolen cars believed to be used for robberies and other crime getaways, were recovered.’
    • ‘My getaway car was right there, covered with frost, across the street.’
    • ‘Although he escaped in a getaway car, he was pursued by police.’
    • ‘There was no chance of a clean getaway, rotten luck.’
    • ‘The suspects then attempted a getaway on foot with the police officers in hot pursuit.’
    • ‘The men ran off and used a red Ford Fiesta as their getaway vehicle.’
    • ‘They were useful for flair and a fast getaway, if necessary.’
    • ‘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 getaway van has not yet turned up.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of my eye I'd catch him watching, but when I'd turn, he'd make a quick getaway.’
    • ‘A hero policeman caught the driver of a stolen getaway car by clinging to its door as it sped away.’
    • ‘At the very least, you should want to make a quick, clean 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.’
    • ‘His helpful aide had the door open so he could make a quick getaway.’
    • ‘Filipino police have arrested the driver of the getaway vehicle used by the gunmen.’
    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 vacation.

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