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.

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Recent Examples on the Web As victims’ rights groups put it, the law means that people will get away with murder — on both sides of the conflict. David Segal, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 The attorney said that along with a lack of motive, there was no sophisticated planning to show that Thomas was trying to get away with murder. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2023 The government just seemed to get away with murder. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2022 Enoch tries to get away with murder (wink wink) and kills Harris on the ship for mysterious reasons, but then Llobell catches him in the act. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 29 Sep. 2021 Why was Charles able to get away with murder for so long? Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 There are only three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and Joe Goldberg will get away with murder. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 20 Oct. 2021 But the happy reunion soon turns into a nightmare when Tess uncovers Sammy’s plans to steal her identity and get away with murder. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 The more audacious move was to declare herself a moral progenitor, to walk with her head high so that Denzel Washington might become a man on fire and Viola Davis could learn how to get away with murder. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 See More

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“Get away with murder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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