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go scot-free

To escape punishment for a crime or wrongdoing; to be acquitted of charges for a crime. Mark's wealthy senator uncle influenced the jury, and he ended up going scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually went scot-free.

go scot-free

 and get off scot-free
to go unpunished; to be acquitted of a crime. (This scot is an old word meaning "tax" or "tax burden.") The thief went scot-free. Jane cheated on the test and got caught, but she got off scot-free.
References in classic literature ?
I promise you that in that case, if the truth is forced from him, there the matter will rest; there must be circumstances in Oliver's little history which it would be painful to drag before the public eye, and if the truth is once elicited, they shall go scot free.
He stated that the schools would not be allowed to go scot free and that a strategy would be devised for the better monitoring of the schools.
While the chief minister has so far ignored the calls for a CBI probe into the gruesome crime, the governor is in no mood let the minister go scot free.
At the end of the day people who should be in jail go scot free.
Similarly, another man was also allowed to go scot free from similar charges, even though he was convicted in the past.
They pressurize people who are against them and are been instructed to let the accused go scot free.
But the elected representatives often go scot free due to their clout and influence.
In other words, what they are telling us is that they are going to walk away with this and they want to go scot free over the money Malawians which they abused," said Kabwila.
There should be fear among men that if you harm a woman then he wouldn't go scot free.
Judge Abdul Aziz Al-Mohanna, head of the committee for looking into media violations at the Ministry of Culture and Information, said: "If a citizen publishes anything in foreign media, in violation of Saudi laws, he or she will not be allowed to go scot free without being punished.
The security forces can torture or kill Kashmiris, destroy their properties and dishonour their women, but the soldiers go scot free and courts of law can't do anything.
Yesterday Recorder Martin Bethel, presiding at Durham Crown Court, told Westcott: "You have a bad record for offences of dishonesty and I am reluctant to let you go scot free.
The process is not very effective and a lot of offenders go scot free, that is the reason why we plan an integrated system," informed Bahrozyan.
What normally happens when such sudden announcements are made is that, like if you jump red lights you get three months in jail, a few van/truck drivers and expats get caught up while others go scot free.
Museveni said no one should kill people and go scot free.