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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The police were called, and law enforment managed to track the getaway vehicle to the home of one of the suspects. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Shark Stolen From Aquarium, Returned Safe and Sound," 7 Aug. 2018 Turns out Monterey, the sleepy California town where HBO's award-winning show takes place, is a dream weekend getaway. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 'Big Little Lies' Guide to Monterey, California," 10 Dec. 2018 The weather in Florida also means that while the rest of the United States is hunkered down for cold temperatures and snow, Miami is the perfect family getaway. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Sydney, Australia Australia’s biggest city is an ideal getaway no matter the season. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Hurns confirmed via text that his was indeed the wide receiver getaway with Prescott, who hoped to bond with his new teammates as well as get on the field and develop some chemistry. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Wishing upon a star: QB Dak Prescott working out, bonding with Cowboys WRs at Disney," 12 July 2018 What was intended to be a romantic getaway turned into a tragedy within seconds. Ashley Mcdonough,, "GoFundMe Set Up For Family Of Atlanta Woman Killed In Bahamas Boat Accident On Her Anniversary Raises $140K," 12 July 2018 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

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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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