noun (1)
\ ˈskät How to pronounce scot (audio) \

Definition of scot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money assessed or paid


noun (2)
\ ˈskät How to pronounce Scot (audio) \

Definition of Scot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a Celtic people of northern Ireland settling in Scotland about a.d. 500
2a : a native or inhabitant of Scotland
b : a person of Scottish descent

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If two people have the same initial illness, one may end up with bronchitis while the other gets off scot-free. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Bronchitis Symptoms Everyone Should Know," 28 Dec. 2018 Still, the message from Ms. Fan’s troubles seems to be that cutting taxes isn’t the same as letting the wealthy go scot-free: Tighter enforcement is part of the deal. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Tax Whodunit Is Far From Over," 5 Oct. 2018 Lee’s indictment and letting the Confederate leadership get off scot-free. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee’ Review: The Cost of Conciliation," 12 July 2018 Richardson didn’t emerge from this scot-free, but no one is confusing any of this with being a harsh punishment. Jonathan Jones,, "Jerry Richardson's Hubris Remains Immortalized in His Statue," 10 July 2018 Rist eventually got off scot free, after a psychologist, who is a cousin of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat, diagnosed him with Asperger syndrome. National Geographic, "One Obsessed Musician, 299 Birds, and a Very Weird Crime," 19 May 2018 Arguing for the Broad, Raymond Nimrod of Quinn Emanuel had a somewhat easier time but did not get off scot-free. Sharon Begley, STAT, "It’s ‘going to be tough’: UC Berkeley struggles to find sympathetic court in CRISPR patent appeal," 30 Apr. 2018 Of course that wouldn't have gotten him—and won't get you—off scot-free. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shoot Down a Drone," 6 Aug. 2015 Simpson, however, didn’t get away from the incident scot-free. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Meet Sean Simpson, the Parkland chemistry teacher who forgot his gun in a bathroom | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scot

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scot

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old Norse skot shot, contribution — more at shot

Noun (2)

Middle English Scottes Scots, from Old English Scottas from Late Latin Scotus

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The first known use of scot was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of Scot

: a person born, raised, or living in Scotland


\ ˈskät How to pronounce Scot (audio) \

Kids Definition of Scot

: a person born or living in Scotland

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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