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get away

to move away. (Often a command.) Get away! Don't bother me! I tried to get away, but he wouldn't let me.
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get away

 (from someone or something)
1. to escape from someone, something, or some place. Max did get away from the prison guard but was caught soon after. Mary couldn't get away from the telephone all morning.
2. . Go to away (from someone or something).
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get away

1. Break free, escape, as in The suspect ran down the street and got away, or I wanted to come but couldn't get away from the office. [c. 1300] A variant is get away from it all, meaning "to depart and leave one's surroundings or problems or work behind." For example, Joe is taking a few days off-he needs to get away from it all.
2. Start out or leave quickly, as in The greyhounds got away from the starting gate, or I thought I had the answer but it got away from me.
3. Go, move off. For example, Get away from my desk! or Get away-I don't want you near that hot stove. [Late 1700s] Also see get away with.
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get away

v.
1. To leave or go away, especially to make an excursion: I'd really like to get away to a nice warm beach this year. We need a vacation; let's get away.
2. To cause something or someone to leave or go away: Get those ugly lizards away from here!
3. To leave a particular location where one has a responsibility or duty to be: Work has been busy, so I'll go to lunch with you if I can get away.
4. To escape or avoid capture: The thieves were able to get away in their car before anyone knew they had left.
5. To succeed in some wrongdoing without being accused or without being punished: The merchants always got away with overcharging the customers.
6. To succeed at something that would typically be expected to fail: We got away with driving the old car all the way across the country without once checking our oil.
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All her life, she has covered for her mother, cared for her little brother, and listened to her opinionated grandmother; now, she feels her only hope of survival is to escape, to get away.
But the bizarre truth remains: Even in the realm of political correctness, there still are safe houses for the bigot You can make jokes about certain groups and still get away with it.
It's just incredible how much that company has gotten away with and continues to get away with," says Abrahamson.
I think that Trinidad has gotten away with being knocked down in the past, but Vargas won't let him get away that easy.
This tells me that the other culprits will get away with just a slap on the wrist and be allowed to keep all their ill-gotten gains.
He couldn't get away anymore with asking the JV coaches if he could go to the bathroom and come back 40 minutes later.