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walk free

1. To be released from custody without being charged or after having been acquitted of a crime. After one of the country's lengthiest and most contentious trials, the defendant will finally be walking free. The notorious gangster walked free yesterday after police confirmed they were unable to charge him with a crime due to lack of evidence.
2. To be released from prison after having served one's sentence. Many are outraged that the convicted killer will walk free after just two years in prison due to giving evidence against his fellow gang members.
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walk free

be released from custody having been exonerated.
2005 The Register An Irish businessman walked free last week after a UK court found him not guilty of multi-million pound VAT offences.
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walk ˈfree

be allowed to leave a court of law, etc., without receiving any punishment: Family and friends of the victim were stunned as the man who they believed was guilty walked free.
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March 1999 Ronnie walks free from High Court, Glasgow, after being acquitted.
SICKENING Murphy walks free from Arbour Hill jail yesterday FURIOUS Angry mob clash with gardai last night
A yob who was feeling sorry for himself, gets fuelled up with drink attacks an innocent man and walks free. And Mr Mallon wants people to stand up to these people, and do the job of the police.
Following a dramatic trial, viewers will see the former taxi boss jailed for life while his co-accused Carol walks free.
She said: "It is appalling that somebody's incompetence means that this man walks free."
MAYBE it's my age but I get fed up of reading about court cases where a thug walks free. It makes me feel there is something wrong about the society in which we live.
December 2007: Walks free as they have no case to answer, but banned for 18 months by France-Galop for second failed drugs test.
HIGH AMONG THE LOWS Fallon walks free from the Old Bailey in December 2007
And how can we keep our children safe when he walks free? Who is going to stop him from contacting children under the age of 13?
"He has killed my son with his driving and walks free.
Hector, 65, said: "If he walks free because of this, then that is the way the cookie crumbles.
"It will stick in my throat if he walks free and ends up with a million pounds.
May 1991: Billy Dunlop walks free after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court fails to reach a verdict
Three of the four defendants have walked free and with them, the reputation of football in this country walks free.