get away scot-free

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
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Yet we have this hook-handed Moslem cleric who can say anything he likes and get away scot-free.
Now we end up having a player suspended for an important match while those who perpetrated the act get away scot-free.