get away with murder

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get away with murder

: to murder someone without being captured or punished
  • a vicious killer who nearly got away with murder
usually used figuratively to describe someone who does something very bad or wrong without being criticized or punished
  • The company had been getting away with murder for years before the scandal broke.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

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

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds

murder play
  1. : the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought

  2. : something very difficult or dangerous

  3. : something outrageous or blameworthy

  1. : to kill (a human being) unlawfully and with premeditated malice

  2. : to slaughter wantonly : slay

  3. : to put an end to


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