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get off easy

To escape serious punishment for a crime or wrongdoing. Mark entered a plea bargain, and he ended up getting off easy. You're only grounded for a week? You got off easy if you ask me.
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the most profound, and that is there's a sense in Bill Clinton's generation, our generation, that we skated, that we cut corners, that we got off easy, and man, if there was ever a guy who skated and cut corners and fudged and got off easy, it was Bill Clinton.
If he got off easy he got off just as easy as everybody else.