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go scot-free

To escape punishment for a crime or wrongdoing; to be acquitted of charges for a crime. Mark's wealthy senator uncle influenced the jury, and he ended up going scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually went scot-free.

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.

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.
See also: get, off
References in classic literature ?
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.
However, he said that if the impression of judiciary's partiality went on, the rulers involved in plundering billions would go scot free.
Rajawat said investigating agency probing the case should put up a firm stand so that the culprit does not go Scot free.
Speaking during a peace meeting, the governorsaid that the system was contributing to the rise in such cases since the perpetrators in most cases usually go scot free after paying some fine while the damage has already been done.
Our heads hang in shame because of the scandal ,' the CJP remarked and warned those bringing a bad name to Pakistan would not be allowed to go scot free.
Criminals should not go scot free for lack of evidence.
You arrest people on the basis of a rumor, you ignore arson and assault, and you let the culprits go scot free.
Earlier, Rasheed had said the Sharif was desperate for a deal like National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to go scot free, but they won't get such deal.
who make such statement to go scot free or he should be criminally prosecuted.
Lawyer Jovito Barte, her counsel who brought her to me, said that with her death, Limboc will go scot free as there is no longer a complainant.
Similarly, another man was also allowed to go scot free from similar charges, even though he was convicted in the past.
There should be fear among men that if you harm a woman then he wouldn't go scot free.
Mahmoud Abdullah went on to say, "When we find that UNHRC has allowed Israel to go scot free with all its blatant crimes it cannot be considered an impartial body.
What normally happens when such sudden announcements are made is that, like if you jump red lights you get three months in jail, a few van/truck drivers and expats get caught up while others go scot free.
As a result, undertaking, no tax, no insurance, tail-gating and, worst of all, middle lane hogging go scot free.