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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCOTFREE

Bezukhov got off scotfree, while Fedya had to bear the whole burden on his shoulders.

You want to keep this matter quiet because you want to get that girl off scotfree!

Punishments are too light, and many criminals even get off scotfree.

I shall tell what I know about you—and, well, you know yourself what chance you will have then of getting off scotfree!

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.