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get away with murder

To avoid consequences for any of one's actions; to be able to do whatever one wants without consequences. Of course he's misbehaving at school—you let him get away with murder at home!
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get away with murder

 
1. Lit. to commit murder and not get punished for it. (See also get away with something.) Don't kill me! You can't get away with murder!
2. Fig. to do something very bad and not get punished for it. That guy always gets away with murder—just because he's cute. You will spoil your son if you let him get away with murder. You should punish him for his back-talk.
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get away with murder

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone gets away with murder, they do whatever they like and no one punishes or criticizes them. His charm and the fact that he is so likeable often allows him to get away with murder. His mother is so soft — she lets him get away with murder.
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get away with murder

succeed in doing whatever you choose without being punished or suffering any disadvantage. informal
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get away with ˈmurder

(informal, often humorous) do something wrong without being punished, criticized, etc: His latest book is rubbish! He seems to think that because he’s a famous author he can get away with murder!She lets the students get away with murder.
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get away with murder

Informal
To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
See also: away, get, murder
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I am appalled that the judge has passed such a lenient sentence and feel that once again those amongst us who drink and drive, do not insure their cars, pay the necessary road tax and do not follow the legal speed limit are getting away with murder.
Oxfam director Barbara Stocking said: "Illegal arms dealers are getting away with murder on a daily basis.
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Hey, isn't Springer getting away with murder with that stuff?
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He's getting away with murder right now because you're continuing to do all these things for him - stop doing them.