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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCOT-FREE

Scottie, you fellows, even when you had Allister to lead you, couldn't get off scot-free from Dozier.

I am not going to let them get off scot-free, nasty, wicked thieves.

I only wish I had been there; they wouldn't have got off scot-free, the scoundrels!'

And if you can show that you weren't there at all—why, out you go, scot-free.

Louie was not merely let off scot-free for what she did, but was to have every happiness given to her.

Connecticut, indeed, as already observed, came off scot-free.

So they were obliged to release the man, and he got off scot-free?

My heart would be scot-free from cares,And lighter than a feather.

The constables can hear naught of the boy, and he is got off scot-free, I daresay.

I keep my mug shut and do time while he gets off scot-free and makes his pile.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.