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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCOT FREE

Let him consider it a lucky escape, if, when we next meet, he gets off scot free!

Explanations were reserved for next day, and they did not get off scot free by any means.

He gets off scot free, and neither realizes what he's done, nor pays the penalty.

It's raided from time to time, but he always manages to get off scot free.

"She paid the price, and you got off scot free," said the preacher.

But they hit him not, and for that time at least he wan off scot free.

A man cannot make a fool of a woman, as he has of me, and get off scot free.

"This is the chance you'll have to get scot free, and the only chance," said Obed solemnly.

Well, then, that person who sent him will be punished and the silly boy will come off scot free.

Wilkes, who had been no less an offender (if offence there was) in holding the Speaker's warrant to be illegal, got off scot free.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scotfreo "exempt from royal tax," from scot "royal tax," from Old Norse skot "contribution," literally "a shooting, shot; thing shot, missile," from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.); the Old Norse verb form, skjota, has a secondary sense of "transfer to another; pay") + freo (see free (adj.)). First element related to Old English sceotan "to pay, contribute," Dutch schot, German Schoß "tax, contribution." French écot "share" (Old French escot) is from Germanic.

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