walk away scot-free

walk 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 who ruined our economy get to walk away scot-free, while millions of people have suffered as a result. Due to an error in the filing of evidence by police, the suspect ended up walking away scot-free.
See also: away, walk
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"For far too long, Washington has looked the other way while private equity firms take over companies, load them with debt, strip them of their wealth, and walk away scot-free - leaving workers, consumers, and whole communities to pick up the pieces," Warren said in a statement last week.
Moderate Labour MPs have been bullied and subjected to vile personal insults, often while the perpetrators walk away scot-free.
"While Greybull cannot be allowed to walk away scot-free and must be held to account for its stewardship of Britain's second largest steelmaker, ministers cannot wash their hands of the Brexit farce and ongoing uncertainty that has placed the company in difficulty, nor allow a business of such strategic importance to UK PLC to disappear like the steelworks of SSI several years ago.
While it seems like an open and shut case, I fear he might walk away scot-free.
class="MsoNormalBut even before we witness a man who is solely responsible for his wife's death walk away scot-free or at the bare minimum, with a slap on the wrist, it is important for married men in society to not allow this lesson to slip away.
An attempt to do so encourages more to join the zealots who are able to walk away scot-free after every incident of violent protests that the state does not address effectively.
'I wonder how possible it is for some people just to drain billions from public coffers and walk away scot-free when we have systems and mechanisms to tackle such in this country,' he said.
IT seems very likely that some Carillion workers and their sub contractors will end up on the sacrificial alter of capitalism whilst the greedy and incompetent fat cats walk away scot-free.
DEAR Editor, It seems very likely that some Carillion workers and their subcontractors will end up on the sacrificial altar of capitalism whilst the greedy and incompetent fat cats walk away scot-free.
Sometimes it means allowing the most brutal dictators to walk away scot-free, never brought to account.
How come, often, those guilty of criminal negligence walk away scot-free. Accidents can be averted if safety norms are followed coupled with a respect for law.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said hundreds of women are butchered in the name of honor all over the country and killers walk away scot-free in the absence of tougher laws, which could hold them accountable and award exemplary punishment.
VOTES were still being counted overnight but bookies reckon the rest of Britain will not walk away Scot-free this morning after the big referendum vote.
He fears for his family and has little faith in police protection, leaving the gangster confident he'll walk away scot-free.