get away scot-free

(redirected from gets 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
References in periodicals archive ?
It is on a par with the Trust's published assertions that there was no evidence of flooding in medieval Monnow Street or that a seventh-century Anglo-Saxon sword stud from 24 Monnow Street only proved that the Normans were there (500 years later!) It is not right that householders have to pay for expensive archaeological work on small home extensions, sometimes on flimsy evidence, while a multi-millionpound housing development next to well-proven archaeological remains gets away scot free.
This lad has had to endure two years of living hell, accused of a crime he didn't commit, fingers pointing wherever he went, while the accuser who gets away scot free and with total anonymity.
I wonder if fewer people are reporting crime as it seems the offender usually gets away scot free. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is in cloud cuckoo land with the policy of no custodial sentences of a year or less.
Clubs can face charges of not controlling spectators or if the person responsible gets away scot free. Fellows said: "If any offender can be identified as having any official connection with a club, helping to coach, fundraise or whatever, then we will charge them as an individual."
Instead they chose a charge of carelessness and he gets away scot free while my life is utterly in shreds."
Hector, though, gets away scot free. And Trig, despite taking just as many drugs as Alysse, not only escapes facing up to his crime, but gets to share in the euphoric finale.
BAA-REATHTAKING: Pieter Muller gets away Scot free as the select side gives a command performance at Murrayfield