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get away

1. To evade or escape someone or something. The robber is getting away! Stop him! That party was so boring. I couldn't get away fast enough! I can't seem to get away from technical problems this morning.
2. 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. To move someone or something away from someone or something else. Get the kids away from the street!
4. To travel or take a trip. We should get away this summer, maybe to Aruba.
5. 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. 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. To be forgotten. I know I've met her before, but her name has gotten away from me.
8. To start something at a fast pace. The kids got away from the door as soon as I opened it.
9. 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.
See also: away, get
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get away

 (from someone or something)
1. to escape from someone, something, or some place. Max did get away from the prison guard but was caught soon after. Mary couldn't get away from the telephone all morning.
2. . Go to away (from someone or something).
See also: away, get

get away

to move away. (Often a command.) Get away! Don't bother me! I tried to get away, but he wouldn't let me.
See also: away, get
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get away

1. Break free, escape, as in The suspect ran down the street and got away, or I wanted to come but couldn't get away from the office. [c. 1300] A variant is get away from it all, meaning "to depart and leave one's surroundings or problems or work behind." For example, Joe is taking a few days off-he needs to get away from it all.
2. Start out or leave quickly, as in The greyhounds got away from the starting gate, or I thought I had the answer but it got away from me.
3. Go, move off. For example, Get away from my desk! or Get away-I don't want you near that hot stove. [Late 1700s] Also see get away with.
See also: away, get
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get away

v.
1. To leave or go away, especially to make an excursion: I'd really like to get away to a nice warm beach this year. We need a vacation; let's get away.
2. To cause something or someone to leave or go away: Get those ugly lizards away from here!
3. To leave a particular location where one has a responsibility or duty to be: Work has been busy, so I'll go to lunch with you if I can get away.
4. To escape or avoid capture: The thieves were able to get away in their car before anyone knew they had left.
5. To succeed in some wrongdoing without being accused or without being punished: The merchants always got away with overcharging the customers.
6. To succeed at something that would typically be expected to fail: We got away with driving the old car all the way across the country without once checking our oil.
See also: away, get
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Get away!

(ˈgɛt əˈwe)
exclam. Stop being a pest!; I don’t believe you! Get away! Nobody is that stupid!
See also: get
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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