Going scot-free - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Dr Nausheen Hamid said that Indian Army had enforced an act called Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which helps them in going scot-free
despite the fact that they are killing innocent people.