: completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty

Examples of scot-free in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The anecdote was based on a real event by Balboa Park, and the man who’d witnessed it was infuriated that the reckless driver appeared to escape scot-free while those without homes could be arrested for sleeping in tents. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 The former president broke the judge’s rules but walked away scot-free. Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, the forces fueling and making millions of dollars off of Milli Vanilli’s ruse got off scot-free, namely Farian, the supervillain-level mastermind behind it all. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Oct. 2023 There are a lot of people who think that the enablers got off scot-free, and Disney is a part of that. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2023 Raylan suspected an episode ago that something had to be off for Clement to keep getting away scot-free over and over and over again. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Security footage made the events look like a murder-suicide, leaving Emily off scot-free. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 20 July 2023 Whereas Alex eventually pays the ultimate price for her sins in the film, as Jackson points out, Dan essentially gets off scot-free. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 After her husband and daughter's murderers get off scot-free, Riley disappears for five years. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 22 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

scot

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scot-free was in 1528

Dictionary Entries Near scot-free

Cite this Entry

“Scot-free.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scot-free. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

scot-free

adjective
ˈskät-ˈfrē
: completely free from duty, harm, or penalty
get off scot-free
Etymology

from earlier scot "money owed"

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