get·​away | \ ˈge-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

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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Renwick commandeered the getaway car, leaving the other three to walk eight miles to Interstate 40, and was arrested two days later in Colorado. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Barksdales weren't the first. Here's three of Arizona's most notorious prison escapes," 4 Sep. 2019 This time, the pair was successful and drove off in a getaway car, police said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Pair accused of targeting shoppers in Missouri City arrested, charged," 8 Aug. 2019 Guests then wrote well wishes on a getaway car that had been arranged by Ilya as yet another surprise for the bride, and at the end of the party, the newlyweds had a phenomenal send-off that made for the perfect photo op. Vogue, "This Wedding in Lake Como Was Inspired by the Couple’s Russian Heritage—And Burning Man," 4 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the local sheriff believes there are still more suspects out there who were involved in the heist that involved three getaway cars and 200 pounds of marijuana. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Armed bandits plant deadly bull's-eye on rural medical marijuana growers," 26 July 2019 Karas was arrested by Park Ridge police on Sept. 13, 2018, accused of driving the getaway car in two gas-station armed robberies that had taken place the previous day in Park Ridge and Norridge, authorities said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Ex-Rosemont police sergeant, charged with armed robbery, withdraws pension request," 23 July 2019 The getaway car then traveled up Oakwood to Houseman Street, across it to Gould Avenue and southbound on Gould to the westbound entrance of the Foothill (210) Freeway, according to the witness, who followed them to that point. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: Witness sees shoplifters running from store, follows their getaway car," 17 July 2019 The evening getaway was a welcome reprieve from the late-summer heat. Katie Mettler,, "Dogs’ owners warn of deadly toxic algae," 20 Aug. 2019 The pair spent the getaway exploring the island’s famous pitons, getting dirty with a sulphur springs bath, enjoying romantic dinners on the beach and simply being thankful for another year of life and love. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Eniko and Kevin Hart Celebrate Life And Love In St. Lucia," 20 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce getaway (audio) \

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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