Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - scot free


to escape the proper or expected punishment;

to be acquitted of a crime


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - scot free

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  That was a serious mistake that Paula made. I wonder if she will be fired?

Colleague 2:  I heard that she is going to get off scot-free.

Colleague 1:  What? No punishment at all?

Colleague 2:  Apparently, she is well connected in the company and there will be no repercussions this time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - scot free

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard the good news about Michael's trial?

Friend 2:  No. Is it over?

Friend 1:  Michael was acquitted of all crimes, as he should be. He was completely innocent.

Friend 2:  So, Michael goes scot free? No court costs or anything?

Friend 1:  He was exonerated of all responsibility. Michael is a free man.

scot-free - Usage:


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scot-free - Gerund Form:

Getting off scot-free, the teenagers were never caught for the vandalism they committed.

Going scot free, he walked out of court a free man.

scot-free - Examples:

1)  ... at great risk through pollution and destructive industrial practices often get let off scot-free or receive a slap on the wrist, ...

2)  ... being discriminated against many times this summer while the local offenders get away scot-free for doing exactly the same or worse. 

3)  ... commit the perfect crime; to make killing look like an accident and get off scot-free, ...

4)  But Bianka doesn't get out of the family visit scot-free, either. Sis tells her, "I do have a couple of concerns ...

5)  In the meantime, Tampa got out of his contract scot-free. That loophole they are using ought to be filled in to at least maintain ...

6)  ... if you use the right instruments, you may do these things and still go scot-free. Pretty much all the EU can do is to utter the occasional inconsequential warning.

7)  ... one prisoner confesses, implicating each other, the one who confesses will get off scot-free as a reward, and the other, who didn't confess, will receive ...

8)  This guy will probably be declared mental and walk scot-free like the rest of them.

9)  They're constantly a plague to their nanny, stealing all her sweets and escaping scot-free through some nook or cranny in the castle.

10)  After the situation's defused and he gets away scot-free for making the cop laugh, the friend jokes about pot in his pocket.

11)  You can refuse to testify, that way ensuring that Rick Ferguson walks away scot free, that he never has to be held accountable for what he did to ...

12)  ... a point of no return: either he tells one more lie and gets away scot free, or he tells the truth and suffers the consequences. 

13)  ... in exploiting the benefits system. The majority of single mums let the father go scot free because it's the easy thing to do.

14)  I like how the guys smashing windows got off scot free while a group of peaceful occupiers got arrested.

15)  But if the police federation and their fellow travellers manage to get away scot free with this, i.e. no officers or staff disciplined for the leak, then ...

16)  If you think the banks were just given hundreds of billions scot free, you're so misinformed it's not even funny.

17)  ... stories of this sort where the criminals give a pathetic excuse and get off scot free, what's needed is a shake up of the judiciary.

18)  They like the bankers can commit what is effective crime and get away with it scot free; there is no accountability.

19)  You have no idea how the thought of that jerk getting off scot free (and going on to do the same to other women) bothers me.

20)  Our own insurance had to pay. The bad drivers get off scot free. Even our Auto insurance company could not force them to pay damages.