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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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 might seem as though people who caused recent problems have walked away scot-free, while those who have suffered because of their carelessness don't seem to matter at all.
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.
Another trial would have violated the defendant's constitutional rights, so he walked away scot-free.
How many men walked away scot-free from beating a wife or girlfriend because the graphic pictures of the beatings were not available for the jury to see?
Many had thought those responsible for the demise of the Farepak, the board of directors, had walked away scot-free, despite frittering away more than pounds 40million of people's savings.
This loving family man, found dead in bed by his daughter, was beaten senseless in a public bar and later died of his injuries, yet those involved have walked away scot-free.
He went right through Marvyn Wilson and took him clean out of the game yet walked away scot-free.
He added: "Workers are angry that the people who caused this mess have largely walked away scot-free.