get away scot-free

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get away scot-free

To escape from some predicament, accusation, or wrongdoing without incurring any penalty or punishment; to be acquitted of all charges for some crime or crimes. It sickens me that all these bankers that ruined our economy get away scot-free, even though they caused millions of people to suffer. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ending up getting away scot-free.
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On the issue of the reckless bankers that brought the country to its knees during the recession and have gotten away scot-free, he wants them individually punished in the future.
The family of the girl suspect that the "real culprits", who it says belong to high-profile families, have gotten away scot-free.
The girl's family suspect that the "real culprits", who they claim belong to high-profile families, have gotten away scot-free. Last week, the state government agreed to recommend a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the case.
Perhaps if Trump had merely used the buzzwords of the Left, he could have gotten away scot-free after calling for knocking off Hillary.
"They (Adam's Qatari relatives) have been allowed to commit the most serious crime, not to an adult but to a child and they have gotten away scot-free. That hurts."
Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker," would have gotten away scot-free if FBI officials in Washington had had their way.