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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.
See also: get, off

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.
See also: go

walk away scot-free

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 who ruined our economy get to walk away scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ended up walking away scot-free.
See also: away, walk

get away scot-free

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.
See also: away, get

Great Scott

An exclamation of surprise. Great Scott, I think we've finally blown the case wide open!
See also: great, Scott

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.
See also: go

Great Scott!

Inf. an exclamation of shock or surprise. "Great Scott! You bought a truck!" shrieked Mary. Fred: The water heater just exploded! Bill: Great Scott! What do we do now? Fred: Looks like cold showers for a while.
See also: great
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The Bulls named a 15-strong squad for the final, recalling leg-spinner Daniel Doran, pacer Scott Walter and opener Nick Kruger.
Second-placed Queensland opted for a four-man pace attack, handing left-armer Scott Walter his first-class debut and making batsman Nathan Reardon 12th man.
Strapping left-arm bolter Scott Walter, 19, is set to make his first-class debut if Ryan Harris isn't released from the Australian one-day squad.
Unfortunately for Gipson, she was hit with a two-day in-school suspension sentence from principal Scott Walters. The principal told WSMV that Gipson was punished for being in the building after school without permission, which Gipson denied.
Bar Cocoa is the brainchild of ex-club promoters Michael Ruckley and Scott Walters who wanted to save the old railway club on the street from being "turned into a Tesco, block of flats or supermarket".
Dan, Les, Ken, mandolin player Ellis Waring, bassist John Alexander and drummer Scott Walters bring their rapidly burgeoning reputation as a must-see live act to the Warwickshire countryside next month to play Volkstock at Stoneleigh Park.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Lawmakers tackle pending health legislation, The New Yorker's Atul Gawande returns to McAllen and an interview with Scott Walters of the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Acting Detective Inspector David Butt said: "South Wales Police is committed to tackling those who deal drugs and make money by causing misery" Scott Walters, 24, Joel Vaughan, |22, and Michael Chapman, 25, have been charged with possession with intent to supply.
Llwydcoed's 1-0 victory at Llantwit Major ensured their promotion to Division Two , the only goal coming from Scott Walters.
We spend a great deal of time understanding our corporate customers operations and requirements in order to deliver the right solution to meet their needs, said Scott Walters, Director, CCH Professional Services.
BAKERSVILLE, N.C.: After years of railing on his blot; Theatre Ideas about the lack of funding for rural arts, Scott Walters, associate professor of drama at University of North Carolina-Asheville, is putting some money where his mouth is.
PEM America, Scott Walters, VP Product Development, 888-368-5374, scott.walters@pemamerica.com, P.
Pc Scott Walters, of Sussex Police, said the animal's injuries were "horrific", adding: "It has been distressing for everyone involved."
PC Scott Walters said: "This is being treated as a deliberate act.