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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.
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Yet those who produced these diesel engines are getting away scot free, while car owners see the value of their cars go through the floor.
We have been a frequent witness to high-ranking officials resigning and getting away scot free. They either return to ordinary life inside the country or shelter outside.
Alleging that there was no accountability for their actions, he said they are not only getting away scot free but also keeping up a steady flow of misinformation.
There seems to be no wardens patrolling and monitoring public areas which means dog owners who flout the laws are getting away scot free.
I do not care at all for Prof Bassiouni's report, which I feel has not even covered half of what really happened in Bahrain, so you are all getting away scot free, which is a damn shame!
Gaynor Zeki, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said neighbours need to work together to report anti-social behaviour in their area and prevent the yobs getting away scot free.
Mowbray might have got away with the stick but some inside the dressing room weren't getting away scot free.
MR Souness seems to be getting away Scot free. Roeder's inherited a poor team made by Souness and his buys aren't repaying him.
"Whereas the Government is dropping plans for new trams based on the argument that costs are escalating, the road uction industry appears to be getting away scot free."
We still have officers leaving with misdemeanours on their record getting away scot free, we still do not see any officers on the beat apart from a mass turn out in police cars to arrest one criminal!
Under his control, career criminals are getting away scot free.'
[I]t consists simply in reiterating the deeds that have made us remorseful, in repeating them so often that the habit either of committing these deeds or of getting away scot free with them completely undermines the possibility of feeling badly about them.
More than two-thirds of criminals are getting away scot free.
I gave up on Everton last summer - or, rather, I gave up on Walter Smith's Everton (no Bill, you're not getting away scot free - I'll come to you later) last summer.
It was a harsh conclusion to a series of poor refereeing decisions which included Makin getting away scot free with not so much as a word from Stephen Lodge after a late challenge on Steve Froggatt, followed by centre- half Steve Bould escaping a caution when he up-ended Chippo.