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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.

get off/go ˌscot-ˈfree

(informal) escape from a situation without receiving the punishment you deserve: It seemed so unfair that she was punished while the others got off scot-free!This idiom comes from the old English word sceot, meaning a ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax.
See also: get, off
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In his statement, Khattak said he would allow corruption in Khyber Pakhtonkhwa if PM Nawaz Sharif went scot-free in the wake of JIT probe report regarding offshore properties of the Sharif family.
The sources said that during previous government tenure, the ETPBs surplus income was invested in dubious companies and property schemes, causing millions of rupees losses to the board while a few individuals earned windfall profits and went scot-free.
The inventor, a fellow of Bangor University, made a dramatic change in road safety with his breathalyzer, which brought to book numerous drunk drivers around the world, who previously went scot-free due to unreliable chemical bag systems and lack of other proper measures by the police, according to the Mirror.
Release of such elements even certain accused nabbed from crime scenes have sent chilling waves of terror in every strata of society which cannot assimilate the fact that how these repugnant elements of society went scot-free.
They still aren't prosecuted - they went scot-free.
Bill was charged for using a toy gun to scare them off, yet the yobs went scot-free because they were so young.