Definition of scot-free adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌskɒt ˈfriː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌskɑːt ˈfriː//
(informal) Types of punishment
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without receiving the punishment you deserve They got off scot-free because of lack of evidence. This idiom comes from the old English word ‘scot’ meaning ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax. See related entries: Types of punishment Word Originfrom the early sense ‘not subject to the payment of scot.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scot-free