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Definition of scot-free

: completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty

Examples of scot-free in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People are still angry about many big Bollywood names going scot-free and the conversation dying down. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Dear woke India, where were you before Kabir Singh?," 28 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of scot-free

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Scot-free.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scot-free

informal : without the punishment that is deserved


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Kids Definition of scot-free

: completely free from duty, harm, or punishment

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