get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā \

Definition of getaway

1 : an act or instance of getting away: such as
a : escape
b : start
2 : a place suitable for a vacation
3 : a vacation especially of brief duration

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Synonyms for getaway


break, breakout, bunk [British], escape, flight, lam, rout, slip

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Examples of getaway in a Sentence

We're planning a weekend getaway to the mountains. The resort advertises itself as the perfect island getaway.

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In the end, after gaining momentum by feeling herself in the mirror in a hip-hugging olive green slip, Smith does get into that getaway car, in a va-va-voom messy updo no less, those piece-y onyx strands framing her forward-looking gaze. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Jorja Smith Brings Sexy Back in Her New Music Video, “The One"," 8 Dec. 2018 Police say a silver Audi S5, supposedly used as a getaway car, was found a 30 minute drive away, according to Vanity Fair. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal Tiara Was Stolen Like a Real-Life Ocean's 11 Movie," 27 Nov. 2018 In most cases, a gang of hooded individuals will enter a store, grab devices from display tables, and take off in a getaway car parked out front, according to the Chronicle. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Apple Store robberies continue in Bay Area, with 9 stores hit this month," 27 Sep. 2018 Things went from bad, to worse, to only-in-Florida for a burglary suspect in Orange County early Sunday, when deputies discovered a baby alligator in the back seat of his getaway car, an arrest affidavit said. Jeff Weiner,, "While towing suspected burglar's car, deputies make a back-seat discovery: a baby alligator," 9 July 2018 The helicopter, the pilot of which was later released, was found burned out north of Paris, as was a getaway car. Reuters, Washington Post, "An infamous French gangster is on the run after escaping prison in a helicopter," 1 July 2018 Police also arrested Jamaal Reese, 26, of Marblehead, who was allegedly driving Lankford’s getaway car. Elise Takahama,, "Police arrest Winthrop man on charges of shooting man in Roxbury and firing gun into crowd," 27 June 2018 During the other, shorter pursuit, a getaway car rammed two police vehicles, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "East Hartford PD: Two Chases In Three Hours, Three Arrests," 25 June 2018 As the church doors opened at the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds made a dash for their getaway car. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Just Got Married, and Their Wedding Looks Incredible," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of getaway

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of getaway was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of getaway

: the act of getting away or escaping

: a short vacation

: a place where people go for a short vacation


get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of getaway

1 : escape entry 2 sense 1 We made our getaway under cover of darkness.
2 : a place suitable for vacation a tropical getaway
3 : a usually short vacation

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