go scot-free

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
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Ishrat ul Ebad said equal attention is being paid towards capacity building of the prosecutors so that unscrupulous elements may not go scot-free and brought to task.
It is a very good intitative as most men who indulge in such crimes believe they can go scot-free due to lack of enough evidence.
Tahir ul Qadri said the blood of our workers is not that cheap that anyone can come and spill it and go scot-free.
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They enjoy respect, honour and go scot-free after committing heinous crimes to the detriment of Pakistan and its people.
He deplore journalists were killed and beaten but the perpetrators allowed to go scot-free.
Sitharaman asked the government whether it is allowing the operators to go scot-free in an attempt to dilute the Nuclear Liability Bill (NLB).
The protesters want an end to killer drones operations saying they give the politicians the means to kill innocent people and go scot-free.
NNA - Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn on Thursday hailed the Lebanese army's sacrifices and declared solemnly that those who attack the army shall not go scot-free.
Losses due to wrong investment advice are not new, but financial planners or advisers often go scot-free because neither they nor their clients keep a record of the advice given or received.
Amid claims and counter-claims by counsel and the accused out on bail, there is a growing apprehension among victims' families that the guilty might go scot-free.
With the help of Ulema, I discussed the concept and introduction of a conditional Nikahnama to protect women from people who take undue advantage of Shariah and go scot-free.
Expressing apprehension that the MLA would go scot-free, P.