Went scot free - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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To escape punishment for a crime or wrongdoing; to be acquitted of charges for a crime. Mark's wealthy senator uncle influenced the jury, and he ended up going scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually went scot-free.
go scot-free and get off scot-free
to go unpunished; to be acquitted of a crime. (This scot is an old word meaning "tax" or "tax burden.") The thief went scot-free. Jane cheated on the test and got caught, but she got off scot-free.
get off/go ˌscot-ˈfree (informal) escape from a situation without receiving the punishment you deserve: It seemed so unfair that she was punished while the others got off scot-free!This idiom comes from the old English word sceot, meaning a ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax.
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He said that the assailants of the Baloch masses would never be brought to justice, adding that the assailants of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Nawab Nauroz Khan went scot free
What is really worrying is that last month three white South Africans went scot free
after being accused of murdering their three black workers, who were found stuffed in laundry machines