walk away scot-free

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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.
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However, since neither the attendant nor the airline officially filed any complaint against him, Saprykin walked away scot-free after paying a fine.
"Her fate is not known, but it is likely that she commited the perfect murder and walked away scot-free. There was a rumour, unsubstantiated, that with the money she stole during the robbery, she left Birmingham and reinvented herself as a Lady and settled into High Society of London, where she spent the rest of her life using her wealth and beauty to get what she wanted.
RBS's shamed Fred "The Shred" Goodwin and other bankers who walked away scot-free certainly have.
Do they not make regular taxpayers, especially in an environment like Pakistan's (which has one of the lowest tax bases in the world), appear silly for following the law when they, too, could have amassed fortunes then practically walked away scot-free?
He is violent and he has walked away scot-free. If he went to prison he would have learned some sort of lesson."
Bilawal Bhutto said hundreds of women were butchered in the name of honour all over the country and killers walked away scot-free in the absence of tougher laws, which could hold them accountable and award exemplary punishment.
Given that Mills walked away scot-free from double-figure body counts in Europe, watching him evade arrest by Inspector Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) here doesn't yield much in terms of suspense or surprises.
It is a disgrace that taxpayers will have to pay the pounds 3m, when Jarvis bosses walked away scot-free and Network Rail still has pounds 19m it owed to Jarvis for work done.
The actual potential seller of the eggs has walked away scot-free, and there seems to be absolutely nothing that can be done about it.
This was a totally unprovoked attack and he has virtually walked away scot-free "We had to fly back to Portugal for court which cost pounds 1000 for flights and he got away with a 300 fine."
The search begins for Bobby Henshaw, whose younger brother was knocked down and killed by Alistair Finch, who walked away scot-free from court after Naomi successfully defended him.
One of her furious victims says she has walked away scot-free - and we couldn't agree more.
The real culprit walked away scot-free. Steve Bruce's disastrous player recruitment history, including the useless Aliou Cisse, bought on the basis of Senegal's performances in the World Cup, is but one example.
Another trial would have violated the defendant's constitutional rights, so he walked away scot-free.