get away with murder

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get away with murder

To avoid consequences for any of one's actions; to be able to do whatever one wants without consequences. Of course he's misbehaving at school—you let him get away with murder at home!
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get away with murder

 
1. Lit. to commit murder and not get punished for it. (See also get away with something.) Don't kill me! You can't get away with murder!
2. Fig. to do something very bad and not get punished for it. That guy always gets away with murder—just because he's cute. You will spoil your son if you let him get away with murder. You should punish him for his back-talk.
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get away with murder

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone gets away with murder, they do whatever they like and no one punishes or criticizes them. His charm and the fact that he is so likeable often allows him to get away with murder. His mother is so soft — she lets him get away with murder.
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get away with murder

succeed in doing whatever you choose without being punished or suffering any disadvantage. informal
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get away with ˈmurder

(informal, often humorous) do something wrong without being punished, criticized, etc: His latest book is rubbish! He seems to think that because he’s a famous author he can get away with murder!She lets the students get away with murder.
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get away with murder

Informal
To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
See also: away, get, murder
References in periodicals archive ?
The US drama, which aired in the UK on Sky Atlantic, ended in April with main character Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) looking as though he had gotten away with murder (literally).
Viewers were expecting that to happen in the first run, only to be shocked when he appeared to - literally - have gotten away with murder.
The slap on the wrist was also a rare disciplinary action against Saeed Mortazavi, the free-wheeling Tehran prosecutor who is used to having his way and who is believed to have gotten away with murder, literally, since a Majlis investigation implicated him in the beating death of Iranian-Canadian Zahra Kazemi, but no action has ever been taken against him in that case.
Or if her attempt to pull off the perfect crime has worked and she's literally gotten away with murder.
The two Los Angeles Police Department officers have figuratively gotten away with murder so far,'' Yagman said in closing arguments of the civil rights lawsuit brought by Matasareanu's children.
We have submitted ballistics proof, fingerprints - but the security forces have literally gotten away with murder.
Ernesto Guzman was someone who had gotten away with murder.