get away with (someone or something)

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get away with (someone or something)

1. To avoid the consequences of one's action. You'll never get away with cheating—one of your teachers is bound to figure it out. You got lucky when you ran that red light. Next time you might not get away with it.
2. To leave or flee with someone or something. The robbers got away with the TV but not much else.
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get away with you

An exclamation of surprise, disbelief, and/or incredulity. Oh, get away with you—you know that's a ridiculous claim to make!
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get away with someone or something

to escape, taking someone or something with one. The kidnapper got away with little Brian. The burglars got away with a lot of cash and some diamonds.
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get away with something

 and get by with something
to do something and not get punished for it. (See also get away with murder) You can't get away with that! Larry got by with the lie.
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get away with

1. Escape the consequences or blame for, as in Bill often cheats on exams but usually gets away with it. [Late 1800s]
2. get away with murder. Escape the consequences of killing someone; also, do anything one wishes. For example, If the jury doesn't convict him, he'll have gotten away with murder, or He talks all day on the phone-the supervisor is letting him get away with murder. [First half of 1900s]
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Sounds like it was Bill that got away with something, not Richard.
In the earlier incidents, the suspects got away with more than $1 million in jewelry and tobacco products.
For a stretch of time, Karl Malone got away with it, and then the whole world (complained) about that, too.