Idiom – Get Away With

English Idiom – Get away with (something).

Meaning – To not get punished for doing something wrong. To escape punishment, criticism, or negative consequences for one’s actions or behaviour. It suggests that someone is able to avoid facing the expected or deserved repercussions for something they have done. This expression can refer to situations where someone does something wrong, inappropriate, or against the rules, yet manages to avoid any negative outcome or accountability.

This expression is a phrasal verb.

The expression get away with murder is used when someone does as they please – and avoid any sort of punishment.


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.


  • “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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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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