get away with (something)

Definition of get away with (something)

  1. 1 :  to not be criticized or punished for (something) She's incredibly rude. I don't know how she gets away with it. —often used figuratively to indicate avoiding a problem There's a chance of rain, but I think I can probably get away with leaving my umbrella at home. It would be nice to have more food for the party, but I think we can get away with what we have.

  2. 2 :  to be given only slight or mild punishment for a crime or for doing something wrong The policeman stopped her for speeding but let her get away with just a warning.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

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  1. :  on the way :  along

    :  from this or that place

    :  in a secure place or manner

  1. :  absent from a place :  gone

    :  distant in space or time

    :  played on an opponent's grounds

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  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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