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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References in classic literature ?
But as to poor P-, I am sure that he would not have got off scot-free like this but for the god of gales, who called him away early from this earth, which is three parts ocean, and therefore a fit abode for sailors.
Formula 1 driver turned TV commentator Martin Brundle revealed many in the pit lane were 'massively unimpressed' the 24-yearold took part in race fixing yet got off scot-free.
He has got off scot-free which is just wrong in my opinion.
Yet, Spencer made his hugely- inflammatory gesture towards the entire Celtic support after being sent off for elbowing Jackie McNamara on Sunday - and got off Scot-free.