Definition of scot-free in English:

scot-free

adverb

  • Without suffering any punishment or injury.

    ‘the people who kidnapped you will get off scot-free’
    • ‘I am not suggesting that the villains get off scot-free.’
    • ‘Changes that define whether piracy is for profit or not have set a threshold that will allow not-for-profit offenders to get off scot-free, Lee said.’
    • ‘They could do it as they enjoy special privileges and may get off scot-free with violating both the exchange rules and the laws of the land.’
    • ‘Jockeys should never get off scot-free when they make mistakes, but the recent calls for jockeys to be banned for months for dropping their hands is quite nonsensical.’
    • ‘You have a labour law in Alberta that lets employers off scot-free and comes down like a ton of bricks on worker's unions.’
    • ‘From the beginning I've had the suspicion that at the end of the day Walker would basically get off scot-free.’
    • ‘He had accompanied residents to court on seven or eight occasions and he had witnessed the perpetrators of anti-social behaviour walk away scot-free.’
    • ‘It is a pity that most doctors and medical institutions go scot-free, despite playing havoc on patients,’ he adds.’
    • ‘Not only had the heavily armed terrorists gained easy access to the diplomatic compound in downtown Bangkok, but they were allowed to go scot-free in return for releasing their hostages.’
    • ‘The case must be pleaded by advocates of the aggrieved party, otherwise the culprits of this heinous crime would go scot-free.’
    • ‘It is outlandish that index funds with very similar portfolio mixes and investing strategies can get off scot-free for charging higher fees.’
    • ‘It would be a travesty if officials are blamed and MPs get off scot-free.’
    • ‘What happens to the bullies - do they get off scot-free?’
    • ‘So the evildoers get off scot-free while good people get dumped on.’
    • ‘Although they admitted to kidnapping the students, they managed to find enough excuses to get off scot-free.’
    • ‘Why were we all left smiling at the end of the programme at the hard-necked individuals who tried to, in effect, steal your money and mine and who walked away scot-free?’
    • ‘As before, low-ranking men and women will take the full blame while the higher ups get off scot-free.’
    • ‘But here the company can take away our pensions and get off scot-free.’
    • ‘Nobody would expect to get off scot-free after such an ‘altercation’ - especially if, for some odd reason, thousands of people and numerous video cameras saw the whole thing.’
    • ‘‘They thought she was guilty as sin, but would get off scot-free,’ he told me.’
    unpunished, without punishment, unreprimanded
    unscathed, unhurt, unharmed, without a scratch, uninjured, undamaged, safe
    scatheless
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Origin

From the early sense not subject to the payment of scot.

Pronunciation

scot-free

/ˌskätˈfrē/