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go 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 to go scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ending up going scot-free.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get off/go ˌscot-ˈfree

(informal) escape from a situation without receiving the punishment you deserve: It seemed so unfair that she was punished while the others got off scot-free!This idiom comes from the old English word sceot, meaning a ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax.
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go scot-free, to

To be let off without penalty or punishment. This expression has nothing to do with Scotland, but rather with the early meaning of scot, that is, a tax assessment. Thus scot-free meant not having to make such a payment, and later was extended to mean being exempted from other kinds of obligation, including punishment. The earliest use of the term dates from the Magna Carta of 1215. Later it was transferred to nonlegal issues, as in Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela (1740): “She should not, for all the trouble she has cost you, go away scot-free.”
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'I promise you that in that case, if the truth is forced from him, there the matter will rest; there must be circumstances in Oliver's little history which it would be painful to drag before the public eye, and if the truth is once elicited, they shall go scot free.'
OEDIPUS Vile slanderer, thou blurtest forth these taunts, And think'st forsooth as seer to go scot free.
He said that the opposition had no agenda except protecting its top leaders, but the government would not let them go Scot free.
You cannot kill and dump bodies in a thicket and go scot free,' Auma said.
Presently, culprits know they can take advantage of loopholes in the system and go scot free as judges do not find time even to properly read 'prays' of petitions and appeals.
Haldankar further alleged that the police was bribed by the casino management to let them go scot free. He demanded justice for the three employees.
He emphatically said that nobody will go scot free if he connives with criminals.
Now one who cheats India will go scot free. The judgement of the UK court is welcomed," said Jaitley.
The accused would anyway go scot free under the AFSPA,' the leaders said in statement.
Irum Khalid said adequate care has been and will always be taken to ensure that issues or conflicts within the families are amicably settled, however, culprits involved in serious crimes against women can not be allowed to go scot free. 'Protection and safety of women is and must be collective responsibility of the entire," she said.
Dela Rosa echoed the disappointment of the PNP over the dismissal of the case, saying policemen are putting their lives on the line just to get those involved in the illegal- drugs trade, and yet in the end, the suspects will just go scot free.
However, he said that if the impression of judiciary's partiality went on, the rulers involved in plundering billions would go scot free.
who make such statement to go scot free or he should be criminally prosecuted.
Judge Abdul Aziz Al-Mohanna, head of the committee for looking into media violations at the Ministry of Culture and Information, said: "If a citizen publishes anything in foreign media, in violation of Saudi laws, he or she will not be allowed to go scot free without being punished." According to local media, Al-Mohanna made these remarks during a recent presentation on "Press Law: A legal vision." He said the law would be applied on social media activists if they cross the red lines.