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get away with

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Definition


To not be caught committing a crime. To succeed in deception. To escape.

Context : Business, Law Enforcement
Category: Idiom, Vernacular
Semantic: escape, undetected
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Usage of “get away with”

  1. He stole from her purse and got away with it.

  2. I was able to get away with only telling half of the story.

Examples of idiom “get away with” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'whisperin_al'
    whisperin_al:

    @VanillaAssassin you can get away with some variance as long as they're not in the same unit but it's harder if there's any melée combat

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Natalia1104'
    Natalia1104:

    When u r drunk u can get away with everything right!!!!!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'devenderrathore'
    devenderrathore:

    Why Narendra Modi questioned? Why Sajjan Kumar get away with who involved in innocent Sikh killing in Delhi? Why media has dbl standard

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Jlwycoff'
    Jlwycoff:

    So sleepy. I wish I could take a nap and get away with it.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'pravin_sinha'
    pravin_sinha:

    Dubey killers get life, what a joke. But is big fish getting away with crime some thing new.....in India!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'TylerGoesBoom'
    TylerGoesBoom:

    You lack any ambition, your godawful habits are starting to sting. You like to think that you're capable of getting away with anything.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Tiffinyyqjii'
    Tiffinyyqjii:

    Sending Syria a Signal Damascus has a record of lying to Washington and getting away with it.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Jay_ahmazin'
    Jay_ahmazin:

    I always go along with the lies guys tell me at first .. I find it funny when they think they're getting away with their lies.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'whodeyfan6'
    whodeyfan6:

    Wondering how this guy got away with introducing himself as 'I'm famous' without batting an eyelid?