1. verb To evade or escape someone or something. The robber is getting away! Stop him! I can't seem to get away from technical problems this morning.
2. verb To move away from someone or something. Well, get away from the cat if he's hissing at you. Kids! Get away from the street!
3. verb To move someone or something away from someone or something else. Get the kids away from the street!
4. verb To travel or take a trip. We should get away this summer, maybe to Aruba.
5. verb To escape from some predicament, accusation, or wrongdoing without incurring any penalty or punishment; to be acquitted of all charges for some crime or crimes. It sickens me that all these bankers that ruined our economy get away scot-free, even though they caused millions of people to suffer. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ending up getting away scot-free.
6. verb To be successful in doing something that seems doomed or futile. I can't believe I got away without studying! Sure, I only got a B-, but it's still a passing grade!
7. verb To be forgotten. I know I've met her before, but her name has gotten away from me.
8. verb To start something at a fast pace. The kids got away from the door as soon as I opened it.
9. verb To stop it or go away. Typically used as an imperative. Get away—you're just being annoying. If he doesn't get away, I'm going to scream.
10. noun An escape. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. We made a getaway before the police arrived and found us at the scene of the crime. We need to make a getaway before Great-Aunt Mildred arrives, or else we'll be stuck listening to her for hours!
11. noun A vacation or trip. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. A: "I could sure use a tropical getaway right about now." B: "Unfortunately, all I can offer you is some more spreadsheets."
12. noun A place one uses as a retreat. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. We have a getaway in the country that we like to go to on the weekends.
Get away!(ˈgɛt əˈwe)
exclam. Stop being a pest!; I don’t believe you! Get away! Nobody is that stupid!
See also: get