get out of jail free card

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get out of jail free card

1. Something that will immediately resolve or relieve an undesirable situation, especially that which results in no or minimal consequences. A reference to the board game Monopoly, in which this card allows players to leave the jail space without missing a turn. (Sometimes hyphenated as "get-out-of-jail-free.") I'm afraid there's no get out of jail free card when it comes to your taxes—you either pay them, or you pay the fine. Jonathan used his father's position in politics as a get-out-of-jail-free card to help get his drunk driving charge dismissed.
2. Something that allows or is used as an excuse for poor decisions, results, standards, behavior, etc. Sometimes hyphenated. Just because a book is part of a highly regarded series doesn't mean it has some get out of jail free card allowing it to be formulaic and poorly written.
See also: card, free, get, jail, of, out
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Underwood says in a release that the program "is nothing more than a get-out-of-jail-free card for predatory employers."
HOLLYOAKS Channel 4 THE cops in Hollyoaks may sometimes act like they are above the law - just look at Ryan - but DS Roxy reminds Adam that there are limits to their powers and she can't give him a get-out-of-jail-free card for helping to dispose of Trigger's body just because he's secretly working to bring down Glenn.
The [Congressional Review Act] resolution striking down the arbitration rule is a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card for companies engaged in financial scams.
Who is responsible for handing her a get-out-of-jail-free card?
If you owe a lot, it may seem like your get-out-of-jail-free card - but they hit you two ways.
"Certainly a get-out-of-jail-free card could be a motivator for some youths, but I don't know if legally it can work," Domenech says.
While some may joke that an RDC designation acts as a "get-out-of-jail-free card," in actuality RDC is more of an "acquisition permission slip" that assists the RDC manager in expediting decisions within the requirements, planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE), and acquisition management communities.
Cropsey, who calls Michigan shield law a "get-out-of-jail-free card," would like to junk it entirely.
Let her know she has one get-out-of-jail-free card to get a giggle at your expense and then game over-no more teasing.
The Senate unanimously approved a bill recently to legalize nearly 2 million illegally imported vehicles from the United States, giving a get-out-of-jail-free card to all owners of model 1970 to 1993 chocolates.
Ultimately, they argue that such a process confers absolution on all, not through divine forgiveness, but through the creation of a diagnosis that becomes what one popular writer termed a "get-out-of-jail-free card." [12]
Who is responsible for handing her a get-out-of-jail-free card? Sian Roberts Llanarmon-yn-Ial Flintshire IT'S bad enough she is to be released from prison.
Gloucester coach John Bracewell said: "We have played our get-out-of-jail-free card and the great escape is on.
Instead of making Scotland a safer place, out-of-touch Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green MSPs signed a Crooks' Charter that will hand 7000 offenders a get-out-of-jail-free card each year and do nothing to tackle the rising tide of knife crime.
If MacAskill wants his plan to work, he needs to make sure the alternative isn't just a get-out-of-jail-free card.