Idiom – Get away with

  • Idiom – Get away with
  • Meaning – To not get punished for doing something wrong. If you get away with something you do something illegal and don’t get caught or punished for it. This expression is used if someone avoids blame or criticism for doing something bad.
  • This expression is a phrasal verb.
  • The expression get away with murder is used when someone does as they please – and seems to avoid any sort of punishment.
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • If somebody cheats on an exam and doesn’t get caught.
  • A sports player breaks the rules but remains unpunished.
  • Someone commits a crime and escapes punishment.
  • A person does something dangerous but remains unharmed.
Example:
  • “The striker clearly used his hand to score the goal but the referee didn’t see it. It looks like he’s going to get away with it!”
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Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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