get off scot-free

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get off 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 getting off scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually got off scot-free.
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Which is why, when you were England captain, you got off scot free with booting Neil Lennon flush in the face at Leicester?
He has got off scot free which is just wrong in my opinion.
He has got off scot free, which is just wrong in my opinion.
Anyone who avoided paying what they owed was said to have got off scot free.